Sunderland stars join pupils in giving racism the boot

(ltor) Steve Colquhon from the Foundation of Light, with SAFC player Billy Jones and James Kingett from Show Racism the Red Card taking questions from the youngsters.
(ltor) Steve Colquhon from the Foundation of Light, with SAFC player Billy Jones and James Kingett from Show Racism the Red Card taking questions from the youngsters.
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SCORES of Wearside youngsters came together to give racism the boot.

Pupils from schools across the city went along to the Stadium of Light for an educational event, hosted by the charity, Show Racism the Red Card, which aims to use the power of football to educate young people about racism.

(ltor) Steve Colquhon from the Foundation of Light, with Billy Jones and James Kingett from Show Racism the Red Card look over the list of questions that had been put to them by the pupils.

(ltor) Steve Colquhon from the Foundation of Light, with Billy Jones and James Kingett from Show Racism the Red Card look over the list of questions that had been put to them by the pupils.

Youngsters took part in a number of workshops as part of the anti-racism campaign at the home of the Black Cats.

During the day, SAFC players, Jozy Altidore and Billy Jones, took part in a question and answer session with the young people, after a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card film.

Members of the Sunderland Ladies team were also on hand to talk to the young people. All those who took part in the day are now being asked to create their own newspaper-style report of the event.

Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “It was brilliant to be able to continue this season’s programme of events with Sunderland AFC. The club are long-standing supporters of the campaign.

“We are aiming to work with 50 football clubs during the 2014-15 season on events like this, in England alone.”

The educational events at football clubs allow young people to experience a first-hand interaction with anti-racism role models in the form of professional footballers, and spend time thinking critically about this important issue.

During the 2013-14 season the campaign held 38 events in England, attended by 79 professional footballers and managers and educating 3,230 young people.