Teesside club hosts over 50 young people from local primary school to support anti-racism campaign
Year five and six students from Whinney Banks Primary School were guests at Middlesbrough F.C’s Riverside Stadium to take part in a range of anti-racism educational activities.
Pupils were greeted by former Middlesbrough full-back and Show Racism the Red Card coach Dean Gordon who helped deliver a warm-up to those who had made the trip to the football club.
The young people then took part in an anti-racism workshop which explored the dangers of stereotyping and allowed them to discuss the issue of racism in a safe and informative way. They then worked to develop a definition of racism and were encouraged to report any examples of racism to teachers, parents or carers.
This high-energy workshop was followed by a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card education film which features current stars of the world game and explores the history of racism, both within support and more generally within society.
The young people, who had prepared questions on the issue of racism, were then given the opportunity to pose these to a large panel of special guests. Joining ex-Boro star Dean Gordon was TUC regional development coordinator, Linda Hughes, who spoke to the young people about here experiences of racism among Middlesbrough’s communities.
Also taking part in the mock ‘press conference’ were representatives of Middlesbrough Ladies Football Club including manager Sammy Leigh, goalkeeper Becks Lillystone and midfielder Stephanie Turnbull. The players were joined by counterparts from the men’s team; goalkeepers Jayson Leutwiler and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
The ‘young journalists’ quizzed the panel on everything from their experiences of racism on the pitch to their response to racism suffered by family members and prizes were awarded for the best questions as selected by the panel.
The day was rounded off with an autograph-signing session, much to the delight of the young people in attendance.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the players from Middlesbrough’s men’s and women’s teams, as well as Anthony Emmerson of the club’s community programme. Special thanks also go to the young people of Whinney Banks Primary School for their enthusiasm, honesty and hard work.