Newcastle Youngsters United Against Racism
Children from year 5 at Kells Lane school in Low Fell, Gateshead, were the lucky ones invited to go to St.James’ Park and be journalists for the day.
The event was organised by Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) with the help of Newcastle United.
The students had workshops and a tour of the ground, as well as viewing a DVD and then the highlight of the day, posing their questions to SRTRC’s (to see more on the excellent work SRTRC do and how you can help, visit their website here) panel of ex and current footballer players on the subject of racism either in the game or in society.
This annual event was slightly different this year, in that students were asked beforehand to prepare for the day and become a journalist. The children were asked to research the topic of racism before they attended the event and use the whole day as furthering their research, making notes in their reporters pads and preparing some questions to put to the panel (introducing their newspaper name before asking their question as if it were a real press conference).
The panel consisted of ex-Newcastle players Olivier Bernard, John Anderson, Richard Offiong, plus Dean Gordon who played for Middlesbrough and gary Bennett ex-Sunderland.
The two special guests were current NUFC players Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
After the event they were asked to write their article to be judged by The Mag and a prize from the club awarded to the winner. Here at The Mag we were proud to take up the challenge and it was a privilege to see the high standard of work by all of the budding journalists.
We were fortunate to have ex-NUFC defender and now radio pundit, John Anderson, to help with the judging.
John also does valuable work for Show Racism The Red Card but found it a tricky challenge to pick a winner from the entries, in fact there was such a high standard overall, it was really difficult just narrowing it down to four finalists!
Jointly, we eventually narrowed it down to four finalists and we will be featuring all of them here on the website before announcing the winner on Saturday, both on the site and in the new issue of the magazine which will also carry the winning entry.
The second finalist is Ellie Farrell (The first finalist’s feature by Noah Charlton can be seen [intlink id=”28423″ type=”post”]here[/intlink]);
Stop It Now!
Children were really excited to visit St.James’ Park and learn a lot more about Show Racism The Red Card.
Kells Lane and Stanhope primary did workshops about racism.
The first workshop was about how you should not judge someone by the colour of their skin or people’s culture. If you are racist, ask yourself this: how do I know?
There are four words that are racism and if you get racist abuse these are what it is based on: colour of skin, religion,culture and nationality.
At workshop two, children worked with a woman and the children had to see if the woman”s statements were true or false. Also they got told what racism used to do to citizens in the past and quite a lot of people became slaves because of their religion or colour.
In the past racism was a bad thing that came around every day. Racism haunted people for many years and children still think it does now.
Then the pupils went to the top of the stadium and got told a little more about racism. They went to the football players’ changing rooms and were amazed.
Racism has got nothing to do with football so why is it in football!
Step racism out of football!
Racism starts as nastiness but it can get really bad. “Racism can turn into murder and I think nobody wants that to happen”, reported Ellie aged 9.
Millie, aged 10, said, “It has been an experience for me to learn about racism”.
Faith, aged 10, said, “It was really cool, I loved the workshops”, and finally, Esme, aged 10, “I think it was a very exciting day and very educational”.
If you are racist, ask yourself this: How do I know?
Show racism the red card!
Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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