THE Show Racism the Red Card team were delighted to return to Ibrox Stadium today to deliver the second education event of the season with local schoolchildren from Ibrox and Craigton Primary Schools.
Rangers are keen to engage with local schools and following on from the success of an event in January, Show Racism the Red Card and the Club planned a second event for the end of the season.
Pupils started the day by watching an anti-racism educational DVD featuring some of the game’s greatest players; Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba. The pupils then had the opportunity to act as media journalists as part of a role play activity and posed some tough questions to a panel of very special guests. Rangers Legends, Richard Gough and Mark Walters along with recent inductee to the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame Mark Hateley, took time out to take questions from the young people and share their experiences of racism.
The ex Rangers players then joined the young people in workshops where they explored what stereotypes are and the dangers of stereotyping people in life.
The young people also took part in a workshop on Hate Crime, delivered by Police Scotland, these workshops look at defining what a Hate Crime is, how it can affect people and communities, the consequences of being involved in a Hate Crime and how we can safely and effectively challenge it.
Nicola Hay, Campaign Manager of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “The dangers of racism are significant and education is vital in order that young people can recognise these and other forms of discrimination and be equipped to safely challenge them as they grow and develop.
“Schools in the area are very keen to engage with the campaign and the young people we have worked with are very positive about it.
“Rangers Football Club are strong supporters of the campaign and it is great to be able to bring pupils along to their local stadium to learn about anti-racism with strong role models. Each season since the campaign started Rangers have actively engaged with the campaign.”