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SRtRC On The Ground with Tranmere Rovers

SRtRC delivered an event at Prenton Park in partnership with Wirral Deen Centre and Tranmere Rovers in the Community as part of Islamophobia Awareness Month. 40 young people aged 11-15 attended from 3 Wirral schools: Birkenhead Park School, St. Mary’s College and St. John Plessington Catholic College. The day consisted of:

  • SRtRC “Let’s Talk About Racism” workshop, incorporating definition and examples of Islamophobia.
  • WDC / IAM workshop focussing on Black, Asian and Muslim footballers, and how to celebrate the achievements and stories of these and other role models from diverse backgrounds.
  • Presentation by Julie Lamin, writer-in-residence at WDC, on the importance of reading and sharing stories, specifically how this can enhance our understanding of racism and discrimination, as well as signing copies of her novel, “Beyond the Volcano”.
  • SRtRC “Changemakers” activity with presentations by all participants to a panel, including TRFC midfielder Paul Lewis, who also signed autographs and posed for photos with young people.

Students were also able to play football on the indoor pitch at lunchtime, and were given match tickets to Tranmere’s game the following day against Gillingham!

Using WDC funding, follow-up visits are planned to at least one of the participating schools in the spring term, with the possibility of one of these being a full day of Anti-Racist Captains training.

You can watch a short clip of the events here with educator Andy giving a brief overview of the event.

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