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Burnley FC Educational Event

Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) recently organised an impactful event at Turf Moor, the home of Burnley FC, in collaboration with Burnley FC Community Trust. This event, attended by 120young people from local schools around Burnley, aimed to tackle racism head-on through a series of workshops, discussions, and inspiring guest appearances.

The event kicked off with a poignant and personal touch as former Burnley player and legend, John Francis, took center stage to share his experiences of facing racism during his playing days. His stories shed light on the harsh realities of discrimination within football and served as a rallying call for change.

Following Francis’s powerful address, the young participants delved into SRtRC’s anti-racism and Hate Crime workshops. These interactive sessions provided valuable insights and tools to recognise, confront, and ultimately combat racism in all its forms. Through engaging activities and open dialogue, the pupils gained a deeper understanding of the importance of unity and acceptance.

Adding to the day’s inspiration were special guest appearances by Head of Women’s Football Lola Ogunbote, Women’s First Team captain Thea Paul, and SRtRC Ambassador Ken Monkou. Their presence not only lifted spirits but also served as shining examples of individuals actively working towards positive change. They shared their own journeys, emphasising the power of activism and collective action in creating a more inclusive society.

As the event drew to a close, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement as guests and participants mingled, exchanging autographs and capturing memories through photographs. It was a fitting conclusion to a day filled with education and empowerment

Events like these are vital in the ongoing fight against racism, serving as platforms for education, dialogue, and solidarity. By bringing together diverse voices and perspectives, we can challenge prejudices, dismantle stereotypes, and build a future where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of race or ethnicity.

The success of this event underscores the importance of collaborative efforts between organisations like SRtRC and community partners such as Burnley FC Community Trust. Together, they are making significant strides towards a more inclusive and equitable society. Show Racism the Red Card CEO, Ged Grebby had this to say.


“It was a pleasure to attend the event with Burnley in the Community.  The commitment of the Burnley staff team to supporting our antiracism message, shone through the whole day.  The 120 young people in attendance were a credit to their schools and really embraced the “Change Makers” activity.

We are delighted to welcome Lola Ogunbote as a Show Racism the Red Card patron and look forward to working with her more closely in the next year”

Everyone at SRtRC send a big Thank you to Lianne Bradford and her team.”

As we reflect on the impact of this event, let us carry forward its message of unity and resilience, standing together to show racism the red card, both on and off the field.

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