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Show Racism the Red Card at Dagenham & Redbridge FC, December 10th 2012

Redbridge Council and D&RFC come together to support anti-racism message

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Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) returned to the home of Dagenham & Redbridge FC for an event organised in conjunction with the club and London Borough of Redbridge Council, who also sponsored the event.

Over 120 year 5&6 pupils from four Redbridge Primary schools were able to attend the event and take part in a carousel of workshops from Show Racism the Red Card, Redbridge Traveller Education and the Roma Support Service and a ground tour of the London Borough of Barking Stadium.

The workshops examined stereotypes and where they come from, a definition of racism and looked at racism directed towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. The Traveller Education Service and the Roma Support group were also able to increase the knowledge of the young people about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups and look at the story of Johnny Delaney.

The pupils seemed to engage in all of the workshops, they were forthcoming with answers and questions and certainly enjoyed the tour of the stadium.

In the afternoon all of the audience came back together to see a screening of the new SRtRC film and put their questions on racism to a panel of specially invited guests. Two Dagenham & Redbridge FC first team players Abu Ogogo and Oluwafemi Ilesanmi were able to attend to take questions and were joined by the D&RFC Assistant Manager, Wayne Burnett, Councillor Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council, David Landau of Redbridge Equality and Communities Council, Vasile Calin and Radu Sava who are Secondary School pupils of Roma heritage, former professional footballers and SRtRC education workers Paul Mortimer and Anwar Uddin.

There were some fantastic questions and some equally good answers! Dagenham & Redbridge FC were able to provide pairs of tickets for each of the panel’s three favourite questions, along with SRtRC T-Shirts and wristbands. The panel’s favourite questions were:

“Have you experienced racism before?” – Erin, John Bramston Primary School

“If people don’t like racism directed at them, why are they racist to other people?” – Marcia, Ilford Jewish Primary School

“What point are people trying to make by being racist?” – Matilda, Ilford Jewish Primary School

The event at Dagenham & Redbridge FC was covered by a number of media outlets including the Epping Forest Guardian, The Ilford Recorder, Dagenham & Redbridge FC and the London Borough of Redbridge website.

SRtRC would like to thank all of the schools for attending, Sue Mutter and Laura Greason for running the GRT workshop, Redbridge council for their support, Dagenham and Redbridge FC and Daggers Community Trust for hosting the event and all of the panellists for giving their time and taking part. Special thanks to Mike O’Hanlon Diversity Programme Manager at Redbridge Council and Dagenham and Redbridge Community Liaison Officer, Teresa Parish for all of their help in organising the event.

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