On Thursday 18th October 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Goodison Park, home of Everton Football Club (EFC). The campaign worked in partnership with EFC, Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service to educate local young people about the dangers of racism.
140 pupils from local schools attended the event which saw the Year 5 & 6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the brand new SRtRC educational film and then take part in a ‘Press Conference’ with a panel of special guests.
Young people from local schools arrived at Goodison Park and headed to the People’s Lounge where they would spend the remainder of the afternoon. After a quick introduction to the afternoon, the young people went into an educational workshop which was conducted by Education Manager, James Kingett, from SRtRC. The workshop made young people explore stereotypes, define racism, 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 brand new 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film featuring Everton stars Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin among others, providing 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.
John Au from the Anthony Walker Foundation sat on the panel to answer questions from the young people. Joining John were, Robert Brennan from Sefton CVS and Sandra Tai from Liverpool City Council who are both long-time supporters of SRtRC. Councillors Anna Rothery and Natalie Nicholas also took the time out of her day to sit on the panel and answer questions from the young people.
Everton’s Senegalese international striker, Oumar Niasse, was the final guest to sit on the panel.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism and the panel took it in turn to answer. Explaining 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.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Everton Football Club for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Henry Mooney, Helen Mayo, Rob Urbani and Joe Lovelace who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Robert, Sandra, Anna, Natalie, John and Oumar.
A big thank you to the Professional Footballers’ Association, in addition to Liverpool City Council and Sefton CVS, 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.