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Players help show red card to racism

Students from Christ the King Primary School at a special anti-racism event at Blackpool Football Club.

Students from Christ the King Primary School at a special anti-racism event at Blackpool Football Club.

  • by Katie Upton
 

SEASIDERS’ stars spent the day in class as they taught schoolchildren how to show racism the red card.

Pupils from schools across the resort visited Blackpool Football Club yesterday for sports coaching on the negative effects of racism.

The day, led by charity Show Racism The Red card, taught pupils about the issue.

Showing the children short films and offering them Q&A sessions with professional players to hear about their experiences, the day taught youngsters about tolerance and understanding.

Pupils from Christ the King Primary School, Grange Park, Revoe Primary School, Blackpool, and Baines Endowed Primary School, Marton, all attended the event.

Huw Rose, Year Five teacher at Baines Endowed, on Penrose Avenue, said: “It was a fantastic event highlighting some important issues.

“It’s good for the children to understand what racism is and know it is being stamped out of society.”

More than 100 pupils had chance to join a range of educational activities and anti-racism workshops, before getting the chance to pose questions to a panel of current Blackpool players Adda Djeziri, Alex Addai and Banvo Anderson as well as ex-professionals and Show Racism the Red Card ambassadors.

They were taught the difference between making a racist comment and racism and talked about the infamous Luis Suarez incident with Patrice Evra last season.

Children were also told how racism is not just about incidences of targeting skin colour, but culture, nationality and religion too.

Joseph Fairclough, nine, from Baines Endowed Primary School, said: “It was good to meet the players and be able to discuss such a serious issue with them.”

Ethan Goulding, nine, also from Baines Endowed Primary School, said: “It was a very interesting day, I enjoyed it.”

Tony Mitchell, year five teacher at Christ the King Primary School, on Bathurst Avenue, said: “It was quite deep stuff, the children were told about how racism can snowball from name calling to a murder, but the children took it well.

“The main message was ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ to promote the message of stamping out racism.”

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity that uses professional footballers to educate young people about the dangers of racism in football and in society.

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