Plymouth Argyle FC host SRtRC educational event

Luke Summerfield & Isaac Vassell Show Racism the Red Card

"Racism is still a problem, especially in football. We have to do the best we can by events such as this."

Luke Summerfield

Show Racism the Red Card returned to Home Park for an event with Plymouth Argyle FC and over 100 young people from local schools. The event was organised in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Community Sports Trust and supported by both Unite the Union and Plymouth City Council.

Year 5&6 pupils from Laira Green, Ford, Hooe and Salisbury Road Primary Schools came to the Tribute Lounge to see a screening of the SRtRC DVD, take part in educational activities and put their questions on racism to a panel of special guests.

The event was officially opened by Regional Secretary of Unite the Union, Dave Springbett. Dave spoke in support of the campaign and of how racism can affect people throughout their lives including within the workplace. The screening of the SRtRC DVD which followed was well received by the audience who paid attention to the message.

Leroy Rosenior, former professional footballer and manager, and a patron of SRtRC as well as an education worker for the campaign led a series of educational activities. They looked at defining racism, stereotypes, where we get our ideas from and culture. The young people were willing participants and the combination of this great session, the preceding DVD and the young peoples’ curiosity meant that the Q&A session could have gone on for hours.

Joining Leroy and Dave Springbett on the panel were Arnet Donkin, Education advisor for Inclusion and Darin Halifax, Community Cohesion Coordinator at Plymouth City Council, PC Richard Potts, a Diversity Officer with the local police force and most importantly from the young peoples’ point of view Plymouth Argyle FC midfielder, Luke Summerfield! PAFC youth player and star of the future, Isaac Vassell was at the event too and signed PAFC/SRtRC posters for all of the young people, he had to leave just before the Q&A to take part in a reserve fixture at 2pm!

The panel handled all of the questions brilliantly and selected three lucky winners to receive SRtRC goody bags and Unite hats and t-shirts. Two further young people were selected to receive Unite hats and t-shirts. The questions were so good that everyone who asked one could have received a prize!

Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the panellists, schools and teachers for attending. Big thanks in particular go to Plymouth Argyle FC for hosting the event and especially to PAFC Community Sports Trust and Debbie Lake, Mickey McCloskey and James Greenacre for all of their help in organising the day.

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