Show Racism the Red Card was delighted to return to Livingston FC to host this season’s anti-racism / anti-sectarianism educational event with local young people in partnership with the club and West Lothian Council.
The event involved secondary one pupil’s from St Margaret’s Academy who participated in a day of fun and interactive education.
The young people engaged in a carousel of workshops throughout the morning, which considered the dangers of racism and sectarianism and presented an opportunity for the young people to offer their views on these topical and pertinent issues. One of the workshops was hosted by Lothian and Borders Police which promoted equality and respect and strengthens the campaigns partnership working.
During the afternoon session Show Racism the Red Card screened their anti-racism educational film, which features some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a guest panel. The panel included Livingston FC first team players Keaghan Jacobs and Ross Docherty, ex-professional footballers / Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson and Steven Bell, along with representatives from Lothian and Borders Police and West Lothian Council.
Amanda Peebles, Show Racism the Red Card said:
“This event is part of a series of educational activity that Show Racism the Red Card has been delivering in West Lothian through our current partnership with West Lothian Council. Within this school year we have delivered a vast number of anti-sectarianism educational workshops in secondary schools across the region, delivered various Teacher Training events and contributed to many other events organised by the Council.
“This is the second year we have had a partnership with West Lothian Council and their continued support is invaluable, this kind of work equips young people to deal with racist and sectarian attitudes and behaviours. The young people we have engaged with through our partnership are very positive about it.
“The support we receive from external organisations for these events allows us to nurture important relationships in order to work collaboratively to promote important messages. We would like to thank Lothian and Borders Police for their support for this important event."