On Thursday 7 February Carlisle United FC will host an educational event for young people from local schools; run by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), which will feature Carlisle United players answering young people’s questions about racism.
The event will see pupils from local primary schools come to Brunton Park to take part in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes, and Hate Crime, before the Q&A with special guests in the afternoon.
The event is part of a series of educational events organised by Show Racism the Red Card with football clubs in England to educate about racism and hate crime. This event has been organised in partnership with Carlisle United and the CUFC Community Sports Trust.
SRtRC chief executive, Ged Grebby, said: “It’s great that Carlisle United and the CUFC Community Sports Trust are supporting SRtRC by hosting this educational event. We are looking forward to working with the club and the schools. The young people will be keen to ask members of the panel about their experiences and advice about racism.
“Clubs like Carlisle United are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views and educate about prejudice. We want to make sure if a young person experiences or witnesses racism or other forms of hate crime, they know what they can do about it.”
Carlisle United Community Sports Trust manager John Halpin said: “We host at least one of these events at Brunton Park each year and the response from the schools attending is always hugely positive.
“I think, with what we’ve seen reported at games across all levels of the professional pyramid recently, and also with the abuse which can turn very ugly very quickly on social media platforms, these events are becoming more and more important as each year goes by.
“Educating children about, and raising awareness of, the issues, particularly for young children, can only ever be a good thing. That’s why we’re delighted that SRtRC are coming to Carlisle again this year.”