Racism Gets The Boot By Kids
Children from year 5 at Stanhope Primary School in South Shields, 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 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 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 (Read finalist [intlink id=”29639″ type=”post”]Kaia Howe\’s piece[/intlink]) before announcing the winner later today on the site and the new issue of the magazine (out today) which will also carry the winning entry.
Thank you to all the students from Stanhope Primary School who without exception produced excellent pieces of work and here is the first of our four finalists;
On the 16th April 2013, two Tyneside Primary Schools participated in a Show Racism the Red Card event at St.James’ Park to raise awareness to racism in general and in sport.
Youngsters from Stanhope Primary and Kells Lane Primary transformed into journalists for the day. They took part in two workshops related to racism and gained an understanding to the problem of racism.
The pupils were educated about the 4 ways of racism: skin colour, religion, culture and nationality. After that, the children were given the opportunity to tour the famous St.James’ Park.
The children watched a short promotional DVD for the Show Racism The Red Card. In the film many famous footballers appeared, sharing their experiences of racist incidents and gave advice.
At the end of the day the ‘journalists’ took part in a Q and A, where they asked a variety of questions. Richard Offiong (Ex Newcastle) quoted;
“Experiencing racism was awful because people were making monkey chants. It wasn’t very pleasant.”
Furthermore, Ellie G, aged 10, from Stanhope said;
“I’ve learnt loads about racism and how to deal with it.”
Overall the day was a huge success, the children enjoyed learning about racism.
Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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