On Thursday 18th October 2018, Sheffield Wednesday FC hosted an educational event for young people from local schools; in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) which featured first team players, Tom Lees and Liam Palmer, answering young people’s questions about racism.
Pupils from five local primary schools, came to Hillsborough to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes and Hate Crime, following a Q&A with the special guests in the morning.
Liam and Tom did a great job of answering questions about racism from the Year 5&6 pupils, alongside Molly Fitzpatrick from South Yorkshire Police and Richard Offiong, former professional footballer and SRtRC Education Worker. Liam and Tom made sure they were able to give the attendees autographs and photographs for an accompanying piece in local newspaper, The Star.
SRtRC ran two workshops, one focussed on racism and stereotypes and the other about Hate Crime and what we can do about this issue. The young people also had the opportunity to take in a tour of the stadium thanks to SWFC Community Programme.
The event was part of a series of educational events organised by Show Racism the Red Card with football clubs in England to educate about racism.
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said “It is great that Sheffield Wednesday FC has supported SRtRC by hosting an educational event with us. We really enjoyed working with the club, Sheffield Wednesday Community programme and the schools.
“Clubs like Sheffield Wednesday FC are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views and educate about prejudice. We want to make sure if a young person experiences or witnesses racism they know what they can do about it.”
Big thanks to Liam, Tom and Molly Fitzpatrick of South Yorkshire Police for attending and to SWFC and the Community Programme, particularly Isobel Dunn, Helen and Matt for all of their help in the build-up and on the day. We will look forward to working with the club again in the future.