On Thursday 26th April 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town Football Club. The campaign worked in partnership with Ipswich Town Football Club to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. 90 young people from a local primary school 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 a local primary school arrived at Portman Road in the afternoon and headed to the room 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 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.
Steve Goodsell, Southern Regional Manager of SRtRC, sat on the panel to answer questions from the young people. Joining Steve on the panel were, Dean Gerken and Tristan Nydam who both play for the 1st team at Ipswich Town Football Club.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Do you know anyone who has suffered racism and if so how did you help? Have you ever been racist? What is the punishment in football if you are racist? If someone was the same culture as you and they were racist to you, what would you say? 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. Ipswich Town FC kindly donated match tickets for an upcoming game to the individual whose question was picked as the panels favourite.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Ipswich Town Football Club for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Daniel Palfrey who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Steve, Tristan and Dean. 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.