On Tuesday 5th March, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at the Molineux stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (WWFC). The campaign worked in partnership with WWFC and the Wolves Foundation to educate local young people about the dangers of racism. 100 young people from local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in an educational workshop, watch the SRtRC educational film and then take part in a ‘Press Conference’ with a panel of special guests.
Young people from two local schools arrived at the Molineux and headed to the ‘Hayward Suite’ 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 Campaign Worker, Ben Holman, from SRtRC. The workshop made young people explore stereotypes, define racism, 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, identity, and racism.
The young people further developed their understanding by watching the brand new 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.
Claudeth Stanley, BAME regional officer from Unite the Union, sat on the panel to answer questions from the audience. Joining Claudeth was former Premier League and Scotland International, Chris Iwelumo. Romain Saïss who plays in 1st team at Wolverhampton Wanderers kindly took the time out of his day to speak to the young people at the event.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. If I had suffered racism, what advice would you give to me and why? Did you ever ignore racism, or, did you do something about it? Have you experienced racism yourself, or seen it? Have you ever experienced racism physically? These were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. 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 shared personal stories how they have individually suffered racism, how it made them feel and what they did about it at the time. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel. Wolves kindly donated a goody-bag as an additional prize for the best question asked to the panel.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for their support in organising the event and a special thank you to Tom Warren who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you to Claudeth, Chris and Romain. A big thank you to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events like this possible. And finally, Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.