On Tuesday 20th November 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Meadow Lane, home of Notts County Football Club (NCFC). The campaign worked in partnership with NCFC and Notts County Football in the Community to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. 113 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 local schools arrived at Meadow Lane and headed to the 1862 suite 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 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.
Gav Sutherland, Campaign Coordinator for SRtRC, sat on the panel to answer questions from the audience. Joining Gav was Sean Redgate, Sean is a supporter of SRtRC and works full time for the GMB. Kane Hemmings and Jamie Turley, who play for the 1st team at Notts County FC, also joined the panel to help answer questions from the young people.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Have you ever been racist? Has your family ever suffered racism? Why do people like being racist for no reason? How did racism start and when did it finish? 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. Notts County FC kindly donated match tickets as an additional prize for the best question asked to the panel.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Notts County Football Club and Notts County Football in the Community for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Chris Riley 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, Sean, Kane, and Jamie. 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.