England Manager Gareth Southgate will be Guest of Honour at the Show Racism the Red Card National School Comeptition Award Ceremony which takes place on Wednesday 3rd May at King Power Stadium, home of reigning Premier League champions Leicester City Football Club.
The former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre half will present all competition winners in a variety of different categories with prizes in recognition of their work to create powerful anti-racism messages.
As a player, Southgate lent his support to Show Racism the Red Card by taking part in a number of anti-racism education events, as well as being interviewed for the campiagn's anti-racism education films, and the organisation is delighted that he will once agin demostrate his commitment to tackling racism, this time in his role as England manager.
In addition, first team players from Leicester City Football Club will also be on hand to take part in the celebrations, alongside TV personality Manish Bhasin, former professional footballer Paul Davis and Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE. A variety of current and former players will also be on hand to recognise the hard work of the young people involved and to take part in the ceremony.
Gordon Taylor OBE will select one of the winning entries to receive the special Graham Taylor OBE Memorial Award, commissioned for the first time this year in memory of the late Watford and England manager who was a patron of the charity for many years.
A second winning entry will be recognised in a unique way with the Jo Cox Memorial Award, to be selected by Iona Lawrence, Director of the Jo Cox Foundation. The awards themes of equality and togetherness are mirrored and supported by the Foundation.
Show Racism the Red Card's Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said: "It is fantastic that Leicester City Football Club have agreed to host this year’s School Competition Award Ceremony. The club’s achievements last season were an inspiration to so many people, and we hope that the winning entries from this year’s anti-racism competition will also inspire people from across the UK and beyond.’’
“The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”
Open to young people of all ages, the free-to-enter competition encourages participants to produce anti-racism themed artwork in any medium; creative writing – including poetry, short stories and newspaper style articles; film and music pieces.
The competiton is sponsored annually by the National Union of Teachers, UNISON, Unite the Union, GMB, The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), The Football Association (FA), Potts Print (UK) and Durham County Council.
Throughout its history, entrants into the competition have produced truly inspirational work, some of which has gone on to be incorporated into the campaign’s wider awareness-raising activities.