Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and its players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums. Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year.
The Study Centre at CPFC hosted a school event at Selhurst Park for years five and six from Elmwood Junior School. We kicked off the event with a survey to establish the pupils' awareness, which was revisited at the end of the day. During their time at Selhurst the pupils took part in three workshops, "Steroetypes" run by Francis Duku and Lionel Morgan, ex professional footballers who now work as educators for STTRC; "Racism" run by Gavin Sutherland, Campaign Coordinator and designing a t-shirt to Promote SRTRC run by Susan Jackson, CEO of the Study Centre. The Study Centre's Chair of Fund Raising, Becs Hurst assisted at this event, and was invaluable as our technical advisor.
After lunch we had an opportunity to meet first team captain, Scott Dann, who spent time with the children signing their team posters. The penultimate session was Francis and Lionel taking questions from the Elmwood pupils about discrimination in general. Before the pupils left they completed the same survey as they had started the day with and we were pleased that their responses showed how much their awareness of discrimination had increased during their visit.
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