On Thursday 1st November, Sunderland AFC hosted an excellent Show Racism the Red Card educational event for young people from St Cuthbert’s, Castletown and Southwick Primary Schools.
Sunderland AFC players Luke O’Nien and Dylan McGeouch and SAFC Ladies players Courtney Stewart and Emily Hutchinson, joined former Sunderland AFC players and SRtRC patrons Gary Bennett and David Corner in answering questions about racism from the pupils in the afternoon.
The Q&A session capped an enjoyable day, as young people had taken part in workshops from SRtRC, the Foundation of Light and had a tour of the Stadium of Light. The workshops focussed on racism and where stereotypes come from, which resulted in some great questions later in the day.
The audience was also able to view a screening of the new SRtRC film before the Q&A session and this was well received. The panel of special guests was rounded off by Simon Marshall, Director of Education Services for Together for Children, Sunderland and Azeem Ahmad from SRtRC Management Committee.
Speaking about the event, Dylan McGeouch said: "The popularity and reach of football as a sport gives us a great platform from which to promote inclusion and help break down barriers, not just in football but across society.
“Racism isn’t something you are born with, it’s something you learn. That’s why the work of Show Racism the Red Card is so important, because they are educating current and future generations and as players representing Sunderland AFC, we are proud to play our part in promoting their work and positive messages.”
Speaking about the event and the continuing partnership, Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said “Sunderland AFC has been a proactive supporter of Show Racism the Red Card throughout its history, which now spans more than two decades. Our annual event has become one of the highlights of the year and it’s great to know that the club are still right behind the message we are trying to present to as many young people as possible – that there is no place for racism in society or sport.”
Sunderland AFC’s manager Jack Ross is also a patron of Show Racism the Red Card.
SRtRC would like to thank Sunderland AFC and the Foundation of Life for their ongoing support and to all of the young people and schools for attending and participating in the event.