On Monday 1st April, SRtRC returned to The Den for an educational event with Millwall FC. Millwall FC and Millwall Community Trust are long-term supporters of SRtRC and worked in partnership with the campaign to organise the event for young people from local schools.
Year 5&6 pupils from Camelot, Pilgrim’s Way and Phoenix Primary Schools were able to attend and take part in workshops that focussed on racism and stereotypes and hate crime. Thanks to the Trust, the young people were also able to take part in a fun football session on Millwall’s indoor pitch.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth and Lord Kennedy of Southwark were able to come to the event and see the young people taking part in the workshops. Lord Bourne said before the event “Football has the power to break down barriers and challenge prejudice, and fantastic charities like Show Racism the Red Card provide invaluable support to young people, encouraging them to be active citizens and challenge prejudice and bigotry, whenever and wherever it occurs.
“It's great to see Millwall FC so actively engaged with local young people, using the appeal of the club to discuss prejudice and discrimination and promote the values of tolerance and acceptance, the values that unite us.”
In the afternoon, all of the young people came back together to watch a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film and take part in a question and answer session with some special guests.
SRtRC patron and club captain Steve Morison and Millwall FC team-mate Jed Wallace were able to attend and answer the young people’s questions, alongside NAPO General Secretary, Ian Lawrence and SRtRC education worker Samuel Okikiolu.
The panel answered the questions from the young people really well and selected three questions as their favourites to receive a SRtRC T-Shirt and mini football.
All of the young people were able to get a SRtRC / Millwall FC poster signed by Steve and Jed and take home a SRtRC goody bag. Millwall Community Trust gave for a home game to all of the young people and they will all be able to bring an accompanying adult too, which was very generous.
SRtRC would like to thank Millwall FC and Millwall Community Trust for all of their support for the campaign and in organising this event. Thank you to Steve Morison and Jed Wallace for taking part and to all of the guests on the day, Lord Bourne, Lord Kennedy, Ian Lawrence and James Mitchell from UNITE. We will look forward to working with Millwall FC again soon.