Over 100 Year 5&6 pupils participate in first 'Speak Out Against Racism' event
Show Racism the Red Card returned to the Oakwell Stadium for the first in a series of educational events funded by Stand Up Speak Up. Over the course of the next year SRtRC will hold 15 ‘Speak Out Against Racism’ events with football clubs around the United Kingdom. The Speak Out Against Racism events will challenge stereotypes and myths and help to educate young people against racism, religious intolerance and prejudice.
The event at Barnsley FC was officially opened by the Mayor Elect of Barnsley, Councillor Karen Dyson who spoke in support of the campaign and the event. 100 Year 5&6 pupils from 5 Barnsley Primary Schools participated in an anti-racism workshop run by SRtRC staff featuring activities designed to define racism, identify racist statements through critical thinking and highlight the positive impact global cultures have on our lives. The audience was also able to watch a screening of the SRtRC DVD and then take part in a question and answer session with a panel that included three players from Barnsley FC; Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Ben Carlisle and John Stones, Maxwell Senior, Principal Hate and Hidden Crime Officer with the Community Safety Service at Barnsley Council and Davit Khutsishvili manager of Barnsley International FC and a former professional footballer in Georgia and the Soviet Union.
The question and answer session was excellent and we had enough of the audience wanting to ask questions that the event could have finished much, much later! The panel’s three favourite questions of the day were selected and awarded a SRtRC kit bag with T-Shirt which the players were happy to sign. All of the young people who attended received a SRtRC goody bag and a copy of the new SRtRC / Barnsley FC poster, which the three players signed for every member of the audience.
We are confident that after participating in our educational events at football clubs and hearing a strong anti racist message from role models, young people will display increased awareness of the issues concerning racism, be empowered to challenge racist behaviours and to report racist incidents as well as having been challenged on existing stereotypes, prejudices or preconceptions.
SRtRC would like to thank Barnsley FC for hosting the event, the players for attending, the schools and young people for participating and Barnsley Council for their support, particularly to Max Senior for his help in inviting guests and Cllr Dyson for opening the event. Barnsley Council’s support is continuing for the SRtRC campaign as they have just ordered a DVD and education pack for every school in the authority and will be delivering sessions using this resource in schools.