Young Newcastle United Fans Fight Racism In Sport
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 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.
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 Tuesday 16th April 2013, two Tyneside Primary Schools traveled to Newcastle to participate in an event at St.James’ Park, for Show Racism the Red Card.
The pupils became journalists for the day for their own newspaper, all the children took part in a variety of workshops to tackle racism and how to identify it.
The children watched a promotional film where the pupils wrote down notes about the footballers’ experiences of racism.
Later in the day the journalists took part in a question and answer with the ex footballers. This included John Anderson, Dean Gordon, Olivier Bernard, Richard Offiong and Massadio Haidara (current Newcastle player).
Dean Gordon, ex Middlesbrough player quoted, “I have been racially abused on the pitch.”
Brendan Harwood aged 11 said, “I really enjoyed the day, I learned a lot about racism.”
Overall the day was a huge success fro Show Racism the Red Card, they raised the awareness of racism for the pupils.
Watch video footage of the Show Racism The Red Card event at St.James’ Park below.
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