On Thursday 14th March, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Vicarage Road in partnership with Watford Football Club (WFC) and Watford Community Sports and Education Trust (WCSET). Roughly 90 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a SRtRC workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and ask questions to a panel of special guests during a Q&A session. Pupils from St Anthony’s, Laurance Haines and Bromet arrived at the stadium and headed to ‘The View’ 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 Education Worker, Manisha Tailor MBE, from SRtRC. The workshop made young people explore stereotypes 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.
Helen Ward and Adekite Fatuga-Dada from Watford FC Ladies joined the panel to answer questions form the young people. Former Watford FC players, Jason Lee, Gifton Noel-Williams and club legend, Luther Blissett all took the time out of their day to sit on the panel for the Q&A session. 1st team player, Christian Kabasele, attended his second Show Racism the Red Card event and answered questions from the young people also.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Have you ever suffered racism? Is racism something which happens a lot? Where did racism start? Were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. Christian, Sebastian and the rest of 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.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Watford FC for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Kristian Hitchins who made the event possible. Thank you also to Hertfordshire Police, Pat Davey and Donna Horwood from the Community Safety team as well as Oliver Reed from the local safer neighbourhood team for supporting the event. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Helen, Adekite, Jason, Gifton, Luther and Christian. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.