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Young Newcastle Fans Ask ‘Will You Be The One Who Stops Racism?’

8 years ago

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 fourth finalist is Catherine Fairless (The first finalist was Noah Charlton and his entry can be seen [intlink id=”28423″ type=”post”]here[/intlink], while the second finalist was Ellie Farrell and her contribution can be viewed [intlink id=”28434″ type=”post”]here[/intlink]). The third finalist was Adam Charlton and you can read his article [intlink id=”28456″ type=”post”]here[/intlink].

Thank you to all the students from Kells Lane who without exception produced excellent pieces of work. All four finalists were very close to call but John Anderson and myself have chosen Catherine’s excellent article as the winner and she will receive a football signed by the Newcastle United squad, courtesy of the football club.

The British World
Show Racism The Red Card
By Catherine Fairless

On Tuesday 16th April, Kells Lane school went to St.James Park to do varied workshops about racism.

Racism has four aspects which are; Religion, Nationality, Culture and Skin Colour. Often people don’t understand how people who suffer racist abuse feel.

Anna Longstaff, age ten, a student from Kells Lane reported;

“Never judge a book by its cover, so never judge someone by their skin colour.”

The first black player for Chelsea got racism from his own team. Sometimes it stops people getting jobs. Some fans even chased Shola Ameobi through the streets. It isn’t just name calling, it can often lead to murder!

Noah Charlton, age ten, student from Kells Lane quoted;

“Racism is against the law. Some people decide to ignore it.”

When you are younger you react differently to racist abuse. Someone nearly walked off the pitch after racist abuse but Richard Offiong said;

“Racism made him play harder in a football match!!”

The fight still goes on to stop racism. Will you be the one who stops racism?

Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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