The O's host first SRtRC educational event
Show Racism the Red Card was delighted to work in partnership with Leyton Orient FC Community Sports Programme to organise an educational event for young people from local schools. This was the very first SRtRC event hosted by Leyton Orient FC and a great start to a new partnership.
Howard Gould, Development Coach at Leyton Orient FC Community Sports Programme said "We're very pleased to be hosting our first Show Racism the Red Card event especially considering the current high profile issues that are in the news at the moment. We fully support the 'SRtRC' message and look forward to a continuing relationship in the seasons to come".
Over 60 young people from Stonydown Park Primary School were able to come to The Gallery at The Matchroom Stadium to take part in educational activities, see a screening of the SRtRC DVD and ask questions about racism to a panel of special guests.
In the first hour of the event the audience participated in activities that looked at stereotypes, a definition of racism and ways that people can be racist. The young people contributed brilliantly during this session and had some excellent ideas.
Following on from this session the audience were able to see a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card DVD, which provided some further inspiration for the Question and Answer session which followed.
Joining the panel for the Q&A session was Leyton Orient FC striker David Mooney, two of the O’s Youth Team players Joe O’Donoghue and Elyon Egbeku and finally, Clint Easton who is just returning from injury and is working with SRtRC delivering workshops in schools in the South East.
The panel were excellent in answering the many questions from the audience, all of which were about racism and very well thought out. The panel were able to choose their top 5 questions when the session finished and award some prizes. SRtRC had provided 3 lots of T-Shirts and mini footballs and LOFC had provided a teddy bear and pencil case and pen set. The winners were invited up to receive their prizes from the panel.
All of the young people who attended were able to take away a SRtRC goody bag which included the new SRtRC magazine and a copy of the Leyton Orient FC / SRtRC poster.
SRtRC would like to thank Leyton Orient FC for hosting the event and we very much look forward to working with the Community Sports Programme and the club in the future. Big thanks must go to Howard Gould for all his help in organising the event and inviting the schools to take part.
There is an excellent piece about the event on the Leyton Orient FC website here.