On Thursday 22nd March 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Pride Park Stadium in partnership with Derby County Football Club (DCFC) and Derby County Community Trust (DCCT). 45 young people from three local secondary schools attended the event which saw the Year 9’s take part in a carousel of workshops, see a screening of the SRtRC educational film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
The young people took part in three different workshops throughout the morning. SRtRC Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, conducted a workshop which helped young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
‘Got Your Back’, a victim support group conducted the second workshop of the morning. They were joined by officers from the local police force who spoke with the young people about the hate crime.
The third workshop of the morning that the young people took part in was a stadium tour of Pride Park Stadium. Staff from Derby County Community Trust took the young people on a forty-five-minute tour where they visited the home and away changing rooms, the boardroom and they even managed to get pitch-side.
After lunch the young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which has been discussed. The young people further developed their understanding by watching the 22-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
Throughout the day the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of special guests at the end of the day. With suspicion building among the young people of who might be attending the Q&A it was time to introduce the panel.
Staff members from the local police and ‘Got your back’ joined the panel to answer questions from the young people. Pav Samra, from the Punjabi Rams supporters group also took the time out of his day to sit on the panel for the Q&A. Former professional footballer, Jason Lee, attended the event to represent the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and sat on the panel to answer questions. Mason Bennett and Sam Winnall from the Derby County 1st team also came down to the event to speak with the young people.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. If you could spread Show Racism the Red Card everywhere, would you and how? How does it feel to work with Show Racism the Red Card? How would you tell someone to stand up to racism? What one message would you give about racism? 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. Derby County FC kindly donated match tickets to the best questions asked on the day.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Derby County FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Gavin Lewis who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Pav, Jason, Sam and Mason. A big thank you to Derby City Council and Gary Robinson for their continued support of Show Racism the Red Card. Thank you also 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.