Show Racism the Red Card returned to Ewood Park on Thursday 22nd November, for an educational event organised in partnership with Blackburn Rovers FC and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.
120 Year 5 & 6 pupils from The Olive School and Westwood Primary School were able to come to the stadium and take part in an exciting day, which culminated in a Q&A session with Blackburn Rovers FC players David Raya and Charley Doyle.
In the morning, participants were able to take part in two workshops from SRtRC, one which examined racism and stereotypes and another which looked at Hate Crime and what we can do about it. All the young people also had a chance to see behind the scenes of Ewood Park on a tour of the stadium.
After a break for lunch, which the young people were able to eat pitch-side, everyone came back together in the Legends Lounge to see a screening of the new SRtRC film.
The Year 5&6 pupils then had the opportunity to put their questions about racism directly to David and Charley. It was an excellent session with some thought-provoking questions. Blackburn Rovers Community Trust provided a voucher for everyone who asked a question which entitles them to an adult and child ticket for two upcoming home games.
There were also prizes for the panel’s favourite questions of the day. A SRtRC T-shirt and mini-football, a SRtRC T-Shirt and mini-football signed by the whole BRFC squad and for the favourite question of the day, a signed BRFC home shirt and SRtRC mini-football.
Everyone who attended was able to get a SRtRC goody bag and a copy of the new SRtRC / Blackburn Rovers FC poster, signed by David and Charley.
Ilyas Patel, Community Inclusion Manager at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, said, “"The children were very receptive to the message and were a well-behaved group throughout the day, which is a credit to the two schools involved.
"We've got an excellent working relationship with Show Racism the Red Card, who do a lot to back our day-to-day inclusion work that we undertake with schools and community groups, so it's becoming a big event in our calendar when they come to present this roadshow each year.
"Charley and David were excellent speakers with some very good points about the experiences they've had and the advice they were able to offer to an impressionable audience. Hopefully the message will stay with them throughout their lives and ensure that it all helps towards ending the scurge of racism in our society."
You can read a further report about the event on the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust website.
SRtRC would like to thank Blackburn Rovers FC and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, particularly Ilyas Patel, Dan and Nigel for all their help in the build-up and on the day. We look forward to working with the club and the trust in the future.