Pupils to show red card to racism

AROUND 80 young people are set to take part in an educational event aimed at combatting racism.

Pupils from Clavering and Brougham primary schools will visiting the Hartlepool Borough Council Chamber next week for a Show Racism the Red Card event.

The pupils will have the chance to take part in an afternoon of enjoyable and educational activities looking at issues of stereotyping and discrimination.

They will watch Show Racism the Red Card’s latest DVD, featuring top footballers, and pose questions on racism to the special guests Olivier Bernard, John Anderson, both ex-Newcastle United players, former Sunderland captain, Gary Bennett, Trevor Benjamin, the former England Under-21 striker and former Hartlepool United full-back Keith Nobbs.

The charity’s education manager, Craig Bankhead, said: “Show Racism the Red Card is not just about racism in the game of football.

“The campaign uses the role model status of top professional sports stars to help tackle racism in society. There have been a number of high profile cases of racism in the media recently and it shows that we cannot be complacent.

“Nobody is born a racist. Negative attitudes and language are both learned behaviour and Show Racism the Red Card explores these attitudes and provides young people and adults with the tools to address the prejudice they face.

“Holding racist views can be a barrier to achievement both academically and socially and this is not something we want for the young people of Hartlepool.”

All of the young people will leave with a goody bag of Show Racism the Red Card’s resources including the new SRtRC magazine.