On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the New York Stadium in partnership with Rotherham United Football Club (RUFC) and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST). 65 young people from four local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 7’s take part in a carousel of workshops, see a screening of the SRtRC educational film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people from Oakwood, Dinnington, Winterhill and Rawmarsh High School took part in three different workshops throughout the morning. SRtRC Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, conducted a workshop which helped young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
SRtRC Campaign Coordinator, Gavin Sutherland, delivered a brilliant hate crime focused workshop. The aim of the workshop was to help the young people understand what a hate crime is, how someone can be a victim of a hate crime and who they can report it to.
The third workshop of the morning that the young people took part in was a stadium tour of the New York Stadium. Staff from Rotherham United Community Sports Trust took the young people on a forty-five-minute tour where they visited the home and away changing rooms, the boardroom and they even managed to get pitch-side.
After lunch the young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which has been discussed. 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.
Throughout the day the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests at the end of the day. With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Campaign Coordinator, Gavin Sutherland, sat on the panel to help answer the questions from the young people about racism. Hate Crime Officer for Rotherham, Chris Nicholson, also joined the panel to help answer questions. First team players Will Vaulks, Anthony Forde and Richie Towell all took the time out of their day to sit on the panel for the Q&A. Former professional footballer, John Beresford MBE, also attended the event and sat on the panel. John recently received an MBE for all his work for Show Racism the Red Card over the last twenty-two years.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Have you ever been stereotyped? Do you think racism has a massive influence on football? What do you think about racism? When did racism start? These were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. 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. Rotherham United FC kindly donated a signed football which was given as a prize to the best question asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Rotherham United FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Trudi Race who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Gav, Chris, John, Richie, Will and Anthony. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events like this possible. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.