On Thursday 14th March 2019, Middlesbrough FC hosted an educational event for young people from local schools. SRtRC delivered workshops and racism and hate crime and the 100 Year 5&6 pupils in attendance also got to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough Foundation invited some of their partnership schools to take part in the event. Groups from Sacred Heart, Park End, Caldicotes, Acklam Whin and Grangetown Primary schools worked with each other during the workshops and participated brilliantly in activities and discussions about stereotypes, prejudice, racism, and hate crime.
In the afternoon, all groups came back together in the Willie Maddren Centre to see a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film and then put their questions to a panel of special guests, which included MFC striker Rudy Gestede, First-team coach and SRtRC honorary patron, Curtis Fleming, Middlesbrough Women players Emma Kelly (captain) and Tyler Dodds, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Mayor of Middlesbrough, David Budd.
The young people really appreciated the opportunity to put their questions about racism to the panel and SRtRC brought some prizes of T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the panel’s favourite questions.
· When you’ve been on the pitch has someone from the opposition team ever shouted something racist? – Grace, Caldicotes Primary
· Did you ever experience racism from an adult when you were a child? – Katie, Acklam Whin Primary
· When you were come face to face with racism have you ever gone into deep depression or has it affected your mental health? – Bobby, Park End Primary School
All of the young people who attended took a goody bag and a SRtRC / Middlesbrough FC signed by the panel.
A huge thank you to Middlesbrough FC and Middlesbrough Foundation for organising the event. The Foundation invited the schools, arranged transport and provided lunch for everyone, which was generous and very much appreciated.
Steven Bell, Coordinator for MFC Foundation’s education programme ‘Stepping Up’ said: “Being part of Show Racism the Red Card’s campaign to teach young people about how to tackle racism and hate crimes is very important to us at the Foundation.
“There are still instances to this day where racism and prejudice has been heard in football stadiums and on the pitch at all levels, and teaching children about why this sort of behaviour is unacceptable is imperative. Show Racism the Red Card do terrific work up and down the country with their workshops, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Teesside once again this year.”