Thursday 27th April 2017
On Thursday 27th April, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Vicarage Road in partnership with Watford Football Club (WFC) and Watford Community Sports and Education Trust (WCSET). Roughly 90 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a SRtRC workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and ask questions to a panel of special guests during a Q&A session. Pupils from Holy Rood, Sacred Heart and Shepherd Primary arrived at the stadium and headed to the Sir Captains Bar where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon.
The afternoon started with a tribute to the late Graham Taylor who sadly passed away at the start of 2017. Graham was fantastic supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and had attended last season’s event at Vicarage Road.
After a quick introduction to the afternoon the young people went into an educational workshop which was conducted by Education Workers, Shona and Lionel, from SRtRC. The workshop made young people explore stereotypes and think critically about the way in which we stereotype. The young people engaged in thoughtful and honest conversation with their peers about the dangers of stereotyping.
The young people further developed their understanding by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
The young people had been asked throughout the afternoon to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests and with suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Anneka Nuttall and Cherrelle Albert from Watford Ladies took the time out of their day to sit on the panel for the Q&A session. . Also, joining Anneka and Cherrelle, were former Watford Footballers Gifton Noel-Williams and Jason Lee. Christian Kabasele and Sebastian Prodl from the Watford 1st team also attended the educational event to answer the questions from the young people.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Do you think racism will stop? If you experienced racism how would you deal with it? If you suffer from racism who would you report it too? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. Christian, Sebastian and the rest of the panel explained to the young people what they should do if they experience racism and who they can report it to. The panel also provided brilliant advice on what each person can do to tackle racism. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel. Watford FC also kindly donated a prize that was given out to the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Watford FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Kristian Hitchins who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Anneka, Cherrelle, Gifton, Jason, Christian and Sebastian. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.