Burton Albion Community Trust invited SRtRC to take part in a special event at Pingle Academy on Wednesday 13th January.
The entire Year 7 cohort (237 pupils) were able to take part in a workshop which reflected on stereotypes and where they come from, language we use and racism. The young people contributed some excellent ideas and answers during the workshop and were engaged throughout.
Following a break for lunch everyone re-convened in Pingle Academy’s hall to see a screening of the new SRtRC film. The audience had been told that following the film they would have the opportunity to put their questions about racism to a panel of special guests.
Joining us from Burton Albion FC were Stephen Bywater and Damien McCrory and the panel was completed by long-time SRtRC supporter and Honorary Patron, David Kelly. There was no shortage of questions for the panellists, the young people were keen to know about their experiences of the issue and their advice for people who may experience racism.
SRtRC provided some prizes of T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the panel’s favourite questions of the session. All of the young people were able to take away a SRtRC goody bag and lots of the audience were able to get photographs with the panel.
We would like to thank Burton Albion FC, Burton Albion Community Trust and Pingle Academy for arranging the event, especially Paul Gaskin and Deborah Holland. Big thanks also to Stephen, Damien and David for taking part and answering the questions so well.
SRtRC will look forward to future work with the Brewers and in the area.