Over 50 children from Springfield Primary County Primary School and St James’ Lanehead Church of England school took part in a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ workshop day at Turf Moor last week as part of the anti-racism charity’s 20th anniversary year.
After a morning spent tackling issues such as racism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through interactive activities and discussions, the Year 5 children engaged in a Q&A session with first team players, Tendayi Darikwa, Fredrik Ulvestad and James Tarkowski.
Posing questions to the Burnley stars of their experiences of on-the-pitch racism and the challenges facing footballers in a multi-cultural sport, awards were later presented to the children who had asked the best questions to the panel. Pupils also had the chance to snap up an autograph from the players.
The workshops were delivered in partnership with Burnley FC in the Community, Burnley FC’s official charity. As an organisation, Show Racism the Red Card works alongside football clubs and both current and former players to educate over 50,000 people a year on how to tackle racism in football.
The charity is currently touring 20 league clubs to tie in with its 20th anniversary, and representatives of the organisation expressed their delight to be working with the Clarets again.
Matt Hargreaves, Head of Education at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “Here at Burnley FC, we’re proud to work closely with local young people to educate on the importance of challenging racism and discrimination in all its forms, and to promote a message of understanding.
"It was fantastic to work with Show Racism the Red Card and great for the children to put their learning into practice by pitching their questions to Tendayi, Fredrik and James.”
Burnley FC in the Community can deliver anti-discrimination education sessions in primary and secondary schools. These sessions address the relevant areas of the PSHE curriculum. For more information about how your school can get involved in this, or any of our Education Programmes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Burnley FC in the Community on 01282 704716.