Yesterday (Thursday 30th March), Derby County Football Club hosted a Show Racism the Red Card event at Pride Park Stadium to teach local pupils about racism.
During the day pupils took part in an anti-racism workshop and they were taken on a tour of the stadium.
In the afternoon, pupils had the opportunity to pose questions to a panel which included Matej Vydra (DCFC), Henrich Ravas (DCFC), Hardyal Dhindsa (Police Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire), Melissa Johnson (DCLFC), Nicole Dale (DCLFC), Sgt Ben Frearson,Derbyshire Police, Councillor Asaf Afzal, Genie (Punjabi Rams) and Chelsea (Got your back – Victim Support).
The event received funding from Derby City Council who worked closely with schools including Bemrose and Derby Moor, Derby County and its official charity, Derby County Community Trust, Punjabi Rams, Derby Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.
At the end of the day, pupils were given the opportunity to have their picture taken with the panel and they all received posters of this year’s Derby County FC Squad photo which they could get autographed.
The panel also selected the pupils they thought asked the best questions to receive some special prizes.
Councillor Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:
It is great for me to be a part of an event like this. It is crucial that we educate our children about racism and encourage them to respect people regardless of their race. We all want to live in a society where there is no racism, where people feel like they belong in their community and everyone has the same opportunities for a good life and future.
It remains my priority to tackle racism and hate crime in our wonderful city so we can create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. I’d like to thank Derby County FC for hosting the event and the Show Racism the Red Card team who continue to inform and educate in an engaging way.
The educational events at football clubs allow young people to experience a first-hand interaction with anti-racism role models in the form of professional footballers and spend time thinking critically about this important issue.
During the 2014/15 season the campaign held 33 events in England, attended by 67 current professional footballers and managers and educating 3,088 young people.
More information on the work of Show Racism the Red Card please their website.
You can view more of our videos from the event on our vimeo channel.