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We are deeply saddened that such an overt act of racism is alleged to have taken place immediately after anti-racism match actions within Scottish Junior Football during the Fortnight of Action. We hope that the SJFA will work with us in ensuring that incidents like these have no place either on or off the pitch.
Nicola Hay, Campaign Manager
On Saturday the 12th of December 2015, it came to light that Clydebank FC defender Joel Kasubani suffered racial abuse during a match against Kilwinning Rangers. What is even more shocking, was that the racial abuse occurred immediately after both teams stood in unity and held up Red Card’s stating ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
This incident came to our attention after Clydebank FC player Hashim Cole revealed to the Daily Record how players held up anti-racism cards during the Fortnight of Action initiative and then moments later Cole’s teammate Joel was allegedly called a n****r by a Kilwinning Rangers player.
We are deeply saddened to hear of any racial abuse taking place during what was meant to be a show of solidarity against racism amongst Scottish Teams so as to create a fairer and equal society.
Within the article Cole went on to state that he feels that the amount of racism within Scottish Junior Football is still too prevalent, having suffered racial abuse himself a number of times during matches.
Sadly, the Kilwinning incident however, was never reported to the referee and as a result never commenced through the appropriate disciplinary channels.
In this light, SRtRC calls on all players and the general public to please report hate crime incidents either to us as a third party reporting centre, match officials or referees within the game. Hate Crimes can also be reported to Police Scotland on 101.
SRtRC Scotland is currently in talks with the SJFA regarding racism in football and how we can be of assistance in tackling racism within the game.
You can read the full article from the Daily Record below:
It was a truly impressive session that really delved into the views of the students who contributed greatly to the discussions. We’re grateful to the West Ham Foundation for giving us the opportunity to lead this event.
Steve Goodsell, regional manager
SRtRC educator Manisha Tailor visited the Press Lounge at West Ham’s Upton Park to work with students starting an applied community sports foundation degree programme linked to University of East London.
The talk was on ‘Inclusion and Equality’ with a focus on homophobia. We’re really excited to be doing this important work and to be tackling discrimination on a larger scale. "What a fantastic opportunity to be able to educate young people who illustrated much passion around the topic of homophobia, in partnership with West Ham United Foundation. There was discussion around terminology used towards those who are LGBT and the impact it can have on them and others. The young people were challenged to think about their role within our wider society and what they can do to make a difference. I extended the workshop due to the engagement and debate and felt the young people could certainly have gone on for a few hours - absolutely brilliant!" – Manisha Tailor
In addition to this, SRtRC is currently delivering a series of high profile events about Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying across England. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a truly inspirational piece of work that the Difference and Diversity group is funding and it should make a big difference to the way students across Southend interact with each other
Laura Watkins, Campaign Support Worker
The Difference and Diversity group in Southend has funded a series of workshops in schools across Southend by Show Racism the Red Card and Southend United Community and Educational Trust.
The Difference and Diversity group is funding a year-long project at 11 Southend schools during which representatives from homophobia, disability, culture and racism awareness groups visit these schools to drive down bullying. This follows on from a successful project last year.
On the 7/12/15 we visited Temple Sutton School, one of the schools involved in the project, for a great day of workshops and fitness sessions with their year 5 and 6 students. We kicked off the day with our DVD and introduction to the day. We then split the students into classes to run our workshops, where we talked about stereotypes and where we get our ideas from. We also spoke to the students about hate crime and protected characteristics. Miss Bushnell, Head of Year 5 said that they were "A fascinating experience. It was truly enlightening to be able to encounter the children's thoughts and reflections on the topic of racism. We all finished the workshops with a greater understanding and the children were visibly more relaxed about the subject by the end"
Students also really enjoyed the workshops saying "We really enjoyed learning more about how others feel when they have been victim to racism as we know more about it now. Really, like Manisha and Clint say, you just need to ask questions to find out more about other people. We should treat others fairly" - Children from Year 5
SUCET ran the fitness sessions which focused on teamwork, respect and listening. Students really enjoyed the activities and gained a greater understanding of the importance of teamwork.
We would like to thank Temple Sutton School for being so welcoming "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day working with the Year 5 pupil's. Both the children and staff were very welcoming and treated the subject matter with great importance, which in turn impacted upon the way the young people acted within their school" – Manisha Tailor. We would also like to thank Southend United for their hard work and expertise on the day, and Southend’s Difference and Diversity group for funding this important work.