Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Hall of Fame members Rotherham United FC, to hold an educational event for Year 7 pupils from local schools.
The young people from Thrybergh Academy, Wickersley School, Oakwood School and St Bernard’s High School came to take part in workshops that explored Hate Crime and what we can do about it and Racism and stereotypes. They were also able to see behind the scenes of the New York Stadium, taking in a tour of the ground.
The young people were very engaged with the activities in the workshops and shared ideas and opinions confidently. The workshops also helped participants think about the topics further, which ensured some excellent questions for the Q&A session in the afternoon. Before the Q&A they were also able to see the SRtRC DVD and hear from professional footballers and young people about their experiences of racism and advice.
Rotherham Advertiser were able to come along to the event and their subsequent coverage contained some excellent quotes from young people about what they thought of the event.
Roma Cartlidge, Year 7 at Wickersley said she had not previously known what Hate Crime was but, “This event has encouraged me to approach people in different groups because we are all the same and I would definitely report something if I saw it happen.”
Eoin Howett, Y7 at St Bernard’s also praised the awareness day, saying it had been good to learn more about racism and hate crime. “I knew it was a bad thing, but I learned more about it.”
SRtRC would like to thank all of the young people for attending and their schools for making it possible. Thanks also to Trudi Race, Ben Winter, Jamie Noble of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust for their help in organising and running the event. We look forward to future work with the club and Trust.