Newcastle United’s collaboration with the “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign proved to be a powerful platform for promoting anti-racism and hate crime training for young people. The event, held at the club’s prestigious St James’s Park, encompassed a full day of activities aimed at raising awareness and fostering inclusivity. The young people attended joined us from Walkgergate, Our Lady St Anne’s and Atkinson Road Primary School.
The day began with impactful workshops conducted by Show Racism the Red Card campaign workers. These workshops focused on educating the young people about the detrimental effects of racism and hate crimes, while also equipping them with the necessary tools to challenge such behaviour effectively. Through thought-provoking discussions, interactive exercises, and multimedia presentations, the young people were encouraged to critically analyse the impact of racism and discrimination on individuals and communities.
As a special highlight, the participants were given the opportunity to explore the iconic Newcastle United stadium. They were taken on an immersive tour of the venue, getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the club’s rich history, and gaining a deeper appreciation for the sport. This unique experience not only heightened their enthusiasm for football but also fostered a sense of belonging and pride in the community.
In the afternoon, the event welcomed distinguished special guests who joined the young people for a Q&A session. These guests included former players Steve Howey, John Beresford MBE, NUFC Women team player Charlotte Pott, John Anderson and community leaders, Former Lord Mayors of Newcastle Habib Rahman and Karen Robinson, and current Lord Mayor Veronica Dunn, and representatives from “Show Racism the Red Card.” The panel discussion provided an invaluable platform for open dialogue, allowing the young people to engage in meaningful conversations about racism, ask questions, and share their thoughts. The guests shared personal experiences, offered guidance, and inspired the participants to become advocates for equality and positive change.
Newcastle United’s commitment to hosting this “Show Racism the Red Card” educational event demonstrated their dedication to eradicating racism and creating a more inclusive society. By providing young people with anti-racism and hate crime training, coupled with the chance to explore the stadium, and interact with influential figures, the event left a lasting impact on the participants. It empowered them to challenge prejudice, stand up against discrimination, and contribute to building a society that embraces diversity.
Thank you to everyone who made the events a success. Also, special thanks to the Show Racism the Red Card partners and supporters for the continuous support.
Finally thank you to Jak Hogg and Sophie Pattison from NU Foundation and Zoë Hingston and Carly Sinclair from NUFC. Without their support the event would not be possible. One of the young people was lucky enough to win a signed NUFC shirt and other NUFC gifts courtesy of the club.