On Thursday 4th October 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers Football Club. The campaign worked in partnership with Tranmere Rovers Football Club and Tranmere Rovers Football in the Community to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. 80 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and then take part in a ‘Press Conference’ with a panel of special guests.
Young people from Prenton Primary and St Joseph’s Primary school arrived at Prenton Park and headed to the room 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 Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, 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, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism. The educational film is to be shown in Parliament later this month as the official launch.
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 was, Louise Edwards, Louise is the manager of Tranmere Ladies Football Club. Tranmere Rovers young stars, Paddy Wharton and James Devine, took the time out of their day to sit on the panel and speak to the young people. To round off an all-star panel was club captain, Steve McNulty.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. What does Tranmere Rovers FC do to tackle racism? Does it matter what colour your skin is? Have you ever suffered from racism? What would you do if you witnessed racism in the stadium? 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. Tranmere Rovers FC kindly donated an additional prize for the young person who the panel decided asked the best question.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Tranmere Rovers Football Club for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Steve Williams who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to John, Louise, James, Paddy and Steve. 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.