Players back initiative

by Kate Smith

Black Cats stars at Show Racism the Red Card workshop.

Members of the Sunderland first team joined Kevin Ball and Show Racism the Red Card ambassador Gary Bennett to help educate school children on inclusivity in society.

Youngsters from Hedworth Lane and South Hylton Primary Schools attended the all-day event at the Stadium of Light and had the opportunity to put questions to a panel which included Adam Johnson, Ji Dong-won and Louis Saha.

There were interactive workshops for the schoolchildren throughout the day where they learned about the history of racism and were educated about ongoing issues in society today.

Anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card organised the event, and Ged Grebby, Chief Executive for the charity, was pleased with the way Sunderland’s first team players were able to contribute.

He said: “The event today was one of the best for many years.   Having three first team players and Kevin Ball on the panel made a huge difference and Sunderland AFC have been magnificent in their support for our anti-racism campaign.”

Craig Bankhead, the North East Education Manager for Show Racism the Red Card, was also pleased with how the day went.

He said: “For young people to have the chance to take part in a whole day of anti-racism workshops at the Stadium of Light is an amazing opportunity. The sessions we deliver are about enriching the lives of young people by giving them the skills and knowledge to help them see beyond a person’s skin colour, religion, nationality and culture.

“Football is a great way of showing this to young people. At Sunderland there are players from different countries and cultures with different skin colours and religions working together as one team.”