Luton Town Football Club host Show Racism the Red Card educational event

The campaign team were at Kenilworth Road on Thursday 24th January working in partnership with Luton Town Football Club and Luton Town Community Trust to run an educational event for young people from the local area.

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Around 100 youngsters from five schools in the town – Leagrave, Chantry Academy, Linden Academy, Waulud and St Matthew’s primary schools – attended the two-hour long session in the Eric Morecambe Lounge.

For the first hour the young people took part in activities led by the SRtRC team. The aim of the activities were to get young people to start exploring the topic of racism. Throughout the session the young people discussed identity, racism and stereotyping.

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Then first team players James Justin and Alan McCormack, Luton Town Ladies forward Dionne Manning and the community ambassador Mostaque Koyes arrived for the second hour, in which they watched an insightful 20-minute video with the children, before staging a Q&A session and signing autographs before it was time to return to school.

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"It's a pleasure to be a part of this event," said James Justin. "The kids have learned so much and as we were sitting up there, the questions they were asking us - I'm not even sure we could think of them ourselves. They were really tricky questions! It's a credit to the people at Show Racism The Red Card. They have educated the younger generation to be better than us before them."

Thank you Jams, Macca, Dionne and Mostaque for being on the panel, and Daniel Douglas and his wonderful team at the LTFC Community Trust for their part in the organisation and hosting on the day. A special thank you to Stuart Hammonds who made the event possible. And of course, thank you to the young people for their honest engagement throughout.

Please watch the video below for further highlights of the educational event.