Chairboys duo Marcus Bean and Joe Jacobson will help to host an educational event run by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) on Thursday afternoon.The event will see pupils from The Disraeli School and The Downley School come to Adams Park to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes and what hate crime is, before the pair answer young people’s questions about racism and hate crime.
It's part of a series of 15 educational events with football clubs in England to educate about hate crime as part of a project supported by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which will also include educational work in schools and teacher training.
In January 2017, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced SRtRC would be one of four projects to offer education to encourage the reporting and prevention of hate crime. Announcing the funding, he said: “Let me be clear. Hate crime has no place whatsoever in British Society. We will not stand for it. All communities must be able to live their lives free from fear of verbal or physical attack.”
The project will build on the government’s work detailed in the Hate Crime Action Plan to challenge the misperceptions that lead to hate crime and support victims from marginalised communities to stand up and report incidents.
Wycombe Wanderers FC and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust have worked with the campaign consistently over many years to educate about racism.
SRtRC Chief Executive Ged Grebby, said “SRtRC can now build on our work to educate about Hate Crime with this project and it comes at a time when it is definitely needed. After the EU referendum, many police forces reported a spike in hate crime and hate incidents, a 41% rise in the month following the vote.
“Clubs like Wycombe Wanderers FC are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views and educate about prejudice. We want to make sure if a young person experiences or witnesses a hate crime they know who they can turn to, but also to think about how a person could get to the point where they commit a hate crime.”