Sunderland and Newcastle fans help spread Show Racism the Red Card message

Washington School pupils join former footballer's Gary Bennett and Olivier Bernard to show their support to Show Racism the Red Card campaign
Washington School pupils join former footballer's Gary Bennett and Olivier Bernard to show their support to Show Racism the Red Card campaign
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Young fans from both Sunderland and Newcastle were spreading the same message ahead of the derby match.

Representatives from Show Racism the Red Card, the organisation which uses the power of football to educate people about racism, was at Washington School on Wear Red Day.

It is a big thing for the school

Amanda Bryden

The theme of the event was Newcastle and Sunderland unite to Show Racism the Red Card.

Former Black Cat, Gary Bennet, and ex-Newcastle player, Olivier Bernard, went along to the school to jointly back the message.

The visit was part of Wear Red Day, where students from all over the country were encouraged to wear red clothing in support of the work of the charity.

Amanda Bryden, a member of staff at the Spout Lane school, said being based in Washington means the pupils’ loyalties are divided between Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC, so derby games always cause a stir.

She said: “It is a big thing for the school that we have been chosen from across the country to launch the campaign.

“The derby match has been causing a stir among the students all week.”

But, she said whatever team they support all the students are always keen to support Show Racism the Red Card and the messages from the days stay with the students long after events such as this.

After talking to the pupils, the two former football stars were interviewed by the young news team about both the charity and their views ahead of the derby.

Students at Washington School all wore red items on the day and made donations to the charity.

Wear Red Day was a day of action across England, Scotland and Wales.

The date also sat alongside activities and celebrations to mark Black History Month 2015 and also falls within the annual ‘Fortnight of Action’ in Scotland and Wales.

Each person who took part was asked to donate £1 to SRtRC which will go directly towards increasing the volume of anti-racism educational interventions delivered to young people and adults across the UK via their schools and places of work.