On Wednesday 5th April 2017, the Show Racism the Red Card Wales team hosted its first educational event with Cardiff Metropolitan University F.C, who were promoted to the Welsh Premiership last season. The young people of Stacey Primary School, Cardiff, were invited to the National Indoor Athletics Centre at the Cyncoed Campus, home to the team and Cardiff School of Sport.
The morning session was led by SRtRC Education Worker and former professional footballer, Steve Jenkins. Steve talked to the pupils about his career as a football player, including time spent at Swansea City, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town to name a few.
The pupils listened intently to Steve’s football stories and career highlights, but also to the more serious nature of the session: the presence of racism in football. Steve discussed the racial stereotypes that continue to persist in society and encouraged the pupils to challenge their own stereotypes through an interactive card game.
In the afternoon, the pupils watched SRtRC’s educational film, which introduces the issue of racism and how it has affected the lives of many different sportspeople.
Next on the agenda was the much anticipated Press Conference with the Cardiff Met players. The pupils had been asked to think of what to ask the players over the course of the day, now was the time to pose their questions.
Steve Jenkins, SRtRC’s Education Worker who led the morning session was first to join the panel. Steve was followed by Dr. Christian Edwards, a fellow former Swansea City player, who is currently the Director of Football at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The panel was completed with two players from Cardiff Met’s first team, Chris Baker and Will Fuller.
Some brilliant questions were asked by the Stacey Primary pupils, covering first hand experiences of racism as well as how to report racist incidents on and off the field. A prize was awarded for the best question.
The pupils were very enthusiastic to collect autographs from the players and even take a picture or two. Not only do the pupils have these mementos to take home from the event, hopefully they will carry the important messages from the day. Each young person received a Reporter’s Notebook, with further information, activities and space for them to write their own newspaper article.
Thank you to the National Indoor Athletics Centre and Cardiff Met for hosting our educational event. Hopefully it'll be the first of many more to come.