Southend United Community and Educational Trust held a Show Racism the Red Card event for pupils at Milton Hall School this week.
School children took part in a range of thought provoking educational activities around misconceptions and racism.
The youngsters were involved in three separate workshops and then came together to watch a Show Racism the Red Card DVD, featuring professional footballers.
Blues stars Daniel Bentley, Ryan Leonard, Elliot Benyon and Alex Woodyard also held a question and answer session and gave their views about racism before signing Show Racism the Red Card posters featuring the Blues team.
Joe Skeels, Social Inclusion Officer said: “The Show Racism the Red Card event was a real success. It is an important message and through football we can help educate young people that racism is unacceptable in society.”
Campaign worker for Show Racism the Red Card Gavin Sutherland added: “The Year Six pupils were really engaged by the activities throughout the day.
“The highlight of the whole event was the Q&A session with Elliott, Ryan, Daniel and Alex.
“Players can have a very positive impact on young people’s attitudes to racism and the players were brilliant at answering the questions put to them.
“I feel sure that they will spread the message further back at their schools.”
Kick Racism out of Football action week takes place between 18th and 29th October. Southend United have designated their match against York City to highlight the issue with activities planned in the build up and during the match to highlight the anti racism message.