Show Racism the Red Card teamed up with Wycombe Wanderers FC, Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust and Buckinghamshire County Council to put on a full-day educational event for Year 5 &6 pupils from local schools.
Young people from Disraeli and The Downley Schools were able to come to Adams Park to take part in a carousel of educational workshops that explored Hate Crime – what it is and what we can do about it, Racism, including a definition and discussion of what stereotypes are and a tour of the stadium from WWSET’s Aqeel Akram and former WWFC player Alan Hutchinson.
Not only did the young people enjoy the tour of the ground, but they took part brilliantly in the workshops, keen to discuss ideas and issues with SRtRC staff and each other and take part in the activities.
Following the final workshop in the afternoon, the participants were able to see a screening of the SRtRC educational film, before taking part in a Q&A session with WWFC players, Marcus Bean and Joe Jacobson, SRtRC educator and Tottenham Hotspur Women’s player, Shona Chitate and Bucks County Council Head of Equalities, Yvette Thomas.
The panel did an excellent job of answering some thoughtful and occasionally complex questions from the young people, they had thought hard about some of the issues we had discussed throughout the day. SRtRC was able to provide some T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the most interesting questions of the afternoon.
All of the young people were able to take away a SRtRC goodie-bag which included a copy of the new Red Card magazine, a wristband and poster signed by Marcus and Joe. At the end of the event, we were able to have everyone gather together in one of the stands at Adams Park for a photograph.
A big thank you to WWSET and Wycombe Wanderers FC for hosting the event, particularly to Paul Foley, Aqeel Akram and Alan Hutchinson. Also to Yvette Thomas and Buckinghamshire County Council for their ongoing support and to Marcus and Joe for attending and giving their time and thoughtful responses to the questions. SRtRC look forward to future work in the area.