Show The Red Card!!
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] and [intlink id=”29722″ type=”post”]Jeannys Bononge\’s article[/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 third of our four finalists;
On Tuesday 16th April 2013, two Schools from Tyneside traveled to St.James’ Park to participate in a Show Racism the Red Card event.
The pupils became journalists for the day,to gain knowledge in a variety of workshops making the children aware of the dangers of racism. They were then given the opportunity to take a tour of St.James’ Park too. They learned about the four ways of racism; skin colour, religion, culture and nationality.
Later in the day the children watched a promotional DVD for Show Racism the Red Card. On the film footballers shared their experiences of racist problems they had in their life. It showed the youngsters what to do if they experience a racist attack.
Gary Bennett, ex Sunderland player, commented; “I have been racially abused on the pitch, it was awful!”
Dean Gordon, ex Middlesbrough player, commented; “I have been racially abused on the internet. I reported them to the police to track them down!!”
Kaia, aged 11, from Stanhope Primary said; “It was a great day. I really enjoyed it. I know a lot about racism and know how to deal with it!!”
At the end of the day the journalists took part in a Q and A with John Anderson, Gary Bennett, Trevor Benjamin, Richard Offiong and Dean Gordon.
Overall, the day was a huge success for raising the awareness of racism and the dangers it can cause.
Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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