On Monday 5th November, Dagenham & Redbridge FC hosted another educational event with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) and Redbridge Council for young people from local schools.
Young people from Highlands Primary and Goodmayes Primary Schools attended the Chigwell Construction Stadium to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes from SRtRC and discrimination experienced by traveller communities from the Roma Support Group, as well as take in a tour of the stadium.
In the afternoon, following a screening of the new SRtRC film, young people were able to put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests including former club captain, Anwar Uddin, Cindi Chatha from Essex FA, David Landau of Redbridge Equalities, Gary Samuels, Metropolitan Police and Mihai Calin Bica, Roma Support Group.
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said “It is great that Dagenham & Redbridge FC and Redbridge Council have gain supported SRtRC by hosting an educational event with us. We enjoyed working with the young people and the club at this great event.
“Clubs like Dagenham & Redbridge 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 that if a young person experiences or witnesses racism, they know what they can do about it.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr. Jas Athwal said “We are proud of our borough’s diversity. We’ve taken action to promote equality through our fairness commission and this remains at the heart of everything that we do. Showing children the importance of equality through sport such as football is a great way of educating young minds and we are proud to be a borough of incredible diversity. I am also looking forward to when SRtRC can organise an event like this at the new Woodford Town site we’re developing.”
Young people from Goodmayes and Highlands Primary Schools told us what they thought of the event.
“Coming here was really fun, but there were lots of other stuff that were much, much, more fun – when we were given information about racism, when we saw the changing rooms and much more. Show Racism the Red Card is the best place ever, thanks for your cooperation.” Fatima, Goodmayes Primary School.
“(What) I like about this event is that it tries to stop racism, like Gypsy and Roma. I would also like to say that racism is a bad thing to do. Ban racism and fight to end racism.” Kiaran Kaur, Goodmayes Primary School.
SRtRC would like to thank all of the schools and young people for attending and big thanks to Dagenham & Redbridge FC and Redbridge Council for their ongoing support.