Club hosts Show Racism the Red Card event

Sol Campbell talks at Show racism the red card

Young people from Drayton Park, Robert Blair and Hugh Myddleton Primary Schools, Islington were at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday March 13 for an interactive educational event organised by Show Racism the Red Card.

The anti-racism organisation works with young people using the power of football and football icons as a way to engage using educational resources to promote an inclusive message.

Young people had the opportunity to take part in a range of educational activities beginning with a tour of the home of Arsenal Football Club followed by some anti-racism workshops. During the afternoon they watched Show Racism the Red Card’s latest promotional short film featuring a variety of football players and finished the day by posing questions to a panel which included ex-Arsenal players Sol Campbell, Paul Davis and Perry Groves and the anti-racism campaigner Doreen Lawrence.

Over the last two years, Show Racism the Red Card has worked in partnership with Cambridge Education@Islington and Islington Borough Council to deliver a programme of anti-racism education modules to more than 4000 young people in Islington.

Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community said: “We were delighted to host Show Racism the Red Card and local schoolchildren at Emirates Stadium, which really challenged the children and promoted an inclusive message.

"Through the Arsenal for Everyone initiative, the Club has the power to bring people together in a unique way and events like this help to promote an inclusive atmosphere for our fans, staff and local community.”

Graham Smith from Cambridge Education said: "Cambridge Education is proud of the effective partnership it has in Islington with SRTRC. It has made a real difference in many of our schools over the last two years."

Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card added “Arsenal has been very supportive of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign in recent years and we were really pleased to be hold this event with them and Cambridge Education to educate young people and help them to understand that there is no place for racism in today's society."

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15 Mar 2012