On Thursday 8th November 2018, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) held an educational event at Adams Park stadium in partnership with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (WWFC) and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET), supported by Chairboys players Yves Ma-Kalambay and Paris Cowan-Hall.
90 young people from two local primary schools attended the event which saw the Year 5/6’s take part in a carousel of workshops, see a screening of the SRtRC educational film and take part in a Q&A session with a panel of special guests.
Young people took part in three different workshops throughout the morning. SRtRC Education Worker Manisha Tailor MBE conducted a workshop which helped young people explore stereotypes, think critically about the way in which we stereotype and allowed the young people to discuss the dangers of stereotyping.
The Education Manager at WWSET, Mark Heath, delivered a brilliant workshop focused on ‘Fair Play’. The aim of the workshop was to help the young people understand what ‘Fair Play’ is and they did this by writing a short story on the topic.
The third workshop of the morning that the young people took part in was a stadium tour of Adams Park. Aqeel Akram, WWSET’s Social Inclusion Manager, took the young people on a forty-five-minute tour where they visited the home and away changing rooms as well as the boardroom…and they even managed to get pitch-side for a close up view of the hallowed Adams Park turf!
After lunch, Carol Stotter from Buckinghamshire County Council opened the afternoon event and spoke to the young people about why herself, and the Council, support Show Racism the Red Card events. The young people reflected on the workshops from the morning and spoke about the key issues which had been discussed. The young people further developed their understanding by watching the new 21-minute Show Racism the Red Card educational film, which provides an excellent introduction to the subject of racism.
Throughout the day the young people had been asked to start thinking of questions that they would like to ask the panel of guests at the end of the day. Education Worker and Queens Park Rangers coach Manisha Tailor MBE sat on the panel to help answer the questions from the young people about racism. Carol Stotter from Buckinghamshire County Council also sat on the panel to answer questions.
Young people from each school put forward a variety of questions to the panel regarding racism. Why did you want to start Show Racism the Red Card? Who was your role model for tackling racism? Why is it important to tackle racism? What’s the best way to deal with racism? These were just a few examples of the questions that the panel were taking it in turn to answer. The panel explained to the young people what they should do if they experienced racism and who they can report it to. The panel also provided brilliant advice on what each person can do to tackle racism. Prizes were given out to the three best questions asked to the panel, and WWFC kindly donated a signed football to the winner of the best question asked.
The event concluded with WWFC first team players Paris Cowan-Hall and Yves Ma-Kalambay joining the pupils after they finished training. Both attended the event to sign autographs for the young people and speak with them about how their day had been.
WWSET would like to give a huge thank you to Show Racism the Red Card for delivering the fantastic event and also to WWFC for supporting it so well by hosting and arranging for the players to visit. Also a massive thank you to Aqeel and Mark who made the event possible. The power of role-models to educate young people should never be underestimated, therefore, a massive thank you also to Manisha, Carol, Yves and Paris. A big thank you also to the Professional Footballers Association who continue to support the work of Show Racism the Red Card and make events like this possible. And finally, WWSET would like to thank all the young people for their honest engagement from start to finish.