Pupils give racism the red card

St Joseph's Primary School pupils Niamh Lamb and Jack Roberts with some of the speakers and schoolchildren who attended the event at Victoria Park

St Joseph's Primary School pupils Niamh Lamb and Jack Roberts with some of the speakers and schoolchildren who attended the event at Victoria Park

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PRIMARY school children learned about the importance of kicking racism out of football – and even enjoyed the company of two Hartlepool United stars.

Youngsters from Lynnfield Primary School, Brougham Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School, all Hartlepool, enjoyed a day at Victoria Park as they took part in a Show Racism the Red Card event.

The children discussed the importance of making sure racism is no longer a part of football and watched a video where the world’s best commented on the subject, while Pools players Gary Liddle and Scott Flinders also supported the event and joined the children.

Keith Nobbs, development officer for Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation, said: “The session shows how football can be used as medium to help get rid of racism for good.

“The children enjoyed a discussion where they got to put over their opinions and got to talk to the Hartlepool United players.

“They then got to watch a video where footballers recalled their memories of racism in the game.

“One footballer who plays in Europe, Samuel Eto’o says he was nearly forced to walk off the pitch in one match the racism was that bad.”

Keith added: “The children seemed to really enjoy the session.

“It is a subject which they need to learn about from a young age and sessions such as this one are very useful.”