Boys in the Second Year were visited by the Anti-Racism Educational Charity “Show Racism The Red Card”. The visitors, professional athletes Clint Easton, Francis Duku and Manisha Tailor led the pupils in a series of activities designed to raise awareness of all forms of prejudice, including racism.
During the group discussions, topics such as immigration, bullying, homophobia, and even US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump came to the fore and the guests were impressed with the pupils’ maturity and enthusiasm towards the subject.
Show Racism The Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity established since January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools. Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year and their aim is to combat racism through enabling role models, who are predominately but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message to young people and others. Their workshops are fully participatory and interactive and students take part in a range of visual and auditory activities designed to build empathy and understanding and to encourage discussion and critical thinking.
Director of Sport Mr Ian Wignall, fresh from seeing the School’s U13 Netball team narrowly miss out on a national championship on the same day, commented: “We were delighted to welcome the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ charity to the School to highlight this important issue and educate our pupils through interactive and enjoyable means. This is one of a number of initiatives that we hold at the School with a view to stamping out all forms of prejudice on the field and in the classroom.”