Show Racism the Red Card returned to Home Park for the first educational event based on the ‘Islamophobia’ DVD and education pack.
Plymouth City Council have supported the campaign for several years, sponsoring both events and the PAFC poster. This season, the Equalities and Inclusion department of Plymouth City Council have purchased a copy of the Islamophobia resource for every school within the authority.
Over 200 young people from several local schools came to the event. They took part in an educational workshop run by SRtRC staff and watched a screening of the film. This was followed by a Q&A session with a distinguished panel: PAFC players Bradley Wright-Phillips and Chris Barker; Arnet Donkin, Senior Education Adviser - Equalities and Inclusion; Jonathan Marshall, RE Adviser and Director of Plymouth Centre Faiths and Cultural Diversity; Zainab Abubakar, Plymouth Centre Faiths and Cultural Diversity; Becca Adshead , Children and Families Worker, Plymouth Race Equality Council; Jaysan Charles, PCSO, Plymouth Diversity Unit and Graeme Kirkup, PC, Plymouth Diversity Unit.
The event was officially opened by Arnet Donkin on behalf of Plymouth City Council. Arnet offered some words of welcome to the audience and told them why the council were supporting both the campaign and the resource. An educational workshop, run by SRtRC education worker Lizz Bennett followed. The workshop was interactive and engaged the young people in the issue, the format of the workshop was based around activities used in a classroom setting with this resource.
After a screening of a section of the Islamophobia film, the Q&A session began. The young people had been encouraged to think of questions throughout and had a great incentive to take part – PAFC donated two pairs of tickets for the home game against Doncaster Rovers FC on Saturday 7th for the panel’s favourite questions of the day. SRtRC also provided some T-Shirts, which Bradley and Chris signed for the runners-up. The lucky winners were able to get a photograph taken with the players. All of the young people who attended were able to take away signed copies of the new PAFC / SRtRC poster and a goody bag.
This event received some good press coverage, including a pre-event interview with Arnet Donkin, on BBC Radio Devon. Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone who attended the event and offer especially big thanks to Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, PAFC and Plymouth City Council for their support. We look forward to continuing to work in this successful partnership locally. Special thanks go to Debbie March of PCC and Debbie Lake of PAFC Football in the Community Trust for all of their hard work in organising the event.