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Show Racism the Red Card: Event held at Roots Hall yesterday

17 October 2014

Show Racism the Red Card partners up with the Southend United Community & Educational Trust

Show Racism the Red Card worked in partnership with Southend United Community & Educational Trust to organise a full day event for young people from local schools.

Year five and six pupils from Prince Avenue and St Helen’s Primary Schools came to Roots Hall Stadium to take part in a carousel of workshops from Show Racism the Red Card, which examined stereotypes, where they come from and a definition of racism, Southend United CET which looked at key messages behind the Respect campaign and a Ground Tour of Roots Hall took the third workshop spot.

Show Racism the Red Card Education Workers, Osei Sankofa, Lionel Morgan and Leviathen Hendricks delivered the SRtRC workshops.

In the afternoon, young people had the opportunity to view a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film and take part in a question and answer session where they put their questions about racism to panel which included Southend United players Ben Coker and Josh Banton.

Ben and Josh, supported by Leviathen, Lionel and Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, answered the young people’s questions brilliantly. The young people made notes during the Q&A and film screening so they could work on a newspaper style report of the event when they returned to school.

Ben said: “It was a good afternoon with the youngsters and it highlighted a big issue.

“The kids asked some good questions and it was interesting to get their thoughts on it all.”

SUCET has provided a prize for the best produced event report and will decide the winner next week. The Trust and SUFC also ensured that there were prizes of four signed footballs for the best questions of the afternoon.  Show Racism the Red Card provided T-Shirts and mini-footballs for the best questions.

Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank the teachers and young people for attending the event and participating readily. 
Big thanks go to Southend United FC, Southend United Community & Education Trust for continuing to support Show Racism the Red Card and the educational events, in particular to Joe Skeels for his hard work in organising this event.

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