On Thursday 2nd November Wycombe Wanderers were proud to be joined at Adams Park by 60+ local school children who attended an educational workshop delivered by the Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) organisation, and which sought to educate the young attendees about the dangers of discrimination based on race, religion and skin colour.
Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity, founded in 1996, which uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign's primary output is the delivery of educational workshops to young people and adults in their school, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums around Britain.
The event, which was organised by our Sports & Education Trust, who are the charitable arm of the club, ran from 12:30pm to 15:10pm and involved the pupils who attended taking part in a range of anti-racism workshops, watching a screening of the SRtRC film, and then having the chance to pose questions to a specialist panel made up of VIP guests.
These included current Chairboys stars Anthony Stewart & Sido Jombati, ex-Premier League footballer Jason Lee - who made over 600 career appearances for clubs such as Nottingham Forest and Watford and who now works as the Equalities Education Executive for the Professional Footballers Association - plus Yvette Thomas who is the Head of Equalities for Buckinghamshire County Council.
Following the Q&A session prizes were awarded to some of the children who asked the most thought provoking questions, and all the participants were given goody bags to take home with them.
Ged Grebby, the Chief Executive of SRtRC, had this to say in the lead up to the event:
“The campaign has a great relationship with Wycombe Wanderers FC and they have continued to show great support for SRtRC season after season. The team are looking forward to returning to Adams Park and to be working with young people from the local area to discuss the topic of racism.”
After the event, which was a huge success and gained great feedback from the participants, Paul Foley, the Head of Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust said;
“Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust and Wycombe Wanderers FC are very proud to work in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card in an effort to educate local children on the negative effects of racism, and to promote the formation of all-inclusive attitudes concerned with racial differences from a young age.
Wycombe is a town whose residents originate from all over the world and with the help of Show Racism the Red Card workshops like this we can ensure this diversity is celebrated by children as they grow and develop.”