On Thursday 7 February 2019, Carlisle United FC hosted an educational event for young people from local schools; run by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), which featured Carlisle United FC players, Anthony Gerrard, Peter Grant, Regan Slater and Callum O’Hare answering young people’s questions about racism.
The event saw pupils from St Cuthbert’s, Holm Cultram Abbey, Broughton Moor, Frizington and Pettril Bank primary schools come to Brunton Park to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes and Hate Crime before the Q&A with special guests in the afternoon.
The event was part of a series of educational events organised by Show Racism the Red Card with football clubs in England to educate about racism and hate crime. SRtRC worked in partnership with Carlisle United FC and CUFC Community Sports Trust to organise the event.
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said “It is great that Carlisle United FC and CUFC Community Sports Trust continue to support SRtRC by hosting this kind of educational event each season. We have been working with CUFC and the Trust for many years now. The young people were keen to ask members of the panel about their experiences and advice about racism.
“Clubs like Carlisle United 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 if a young person experiences or witnesses racism or other forms of hate crime, they know what they can do about it.”
Carlisle United Community Sports Trust manager John Halpin said: “We host at least one of these events at Brunton Park each year and the response from the schools attending is always hugely positive.
“I think, with what we’ve seen reported at games across all levels of the professional pyramid recently, and also with the abuse which can turn very ugly very quickly on social media platforms, these events are becoming more and more important as each year goes by.
“Educating children about, and raising awareness of the issues, particularly for young children, can only ever be a good thing. That’s why we’re delighted that SRtRC could come to Carlisle again this year.”
All of the young people were able to get copies of the new SRtRC / Carlisle United FC poster signed by the players and were able to take away some goodies from the event. SRtRC also provided some T-Shirts and mini-footballs as prizes for young people who asked the panel’s favourite questions of the afternoon.
Thank you to CUFC and CUFC Community Trust for their continuous support of SRtRC. We will look forward to working with the club and trust again soon.