It is the tenth consecutive year Leyton Orient has partnered with the anti-racism education charity. The education team from Show Racism the Red Card led workshops that included a presentation and active discussion. Pupils were also treated to a tour of The Breyer Group Stadium as part of their day at Orient.
To end the day O’s player Jayden Sweeney joined Taslima Akther, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Leyton Orient Trust; and ex-professional player Leon Braithwaite for a Q&A session where pupils had the opportunity to ask questions about racism and their experiences.
Jayden Sweeney, said: “Nobody is born a racist so it’s about educating the children that racism is wrong and everybody is equal. Most children love football so it’s a more powerful message that when someone they look up to, like footballers, can educate them about something – and coming to the stadium today, they will probably remember it more.”
Isla, Pupil, Greenleaf Primary School, said: “This was my first time at Leyton Orient. I really enjoyed today as it taught me about racism and some things I didn’t know about it. I learnt there are different types of racism and about some people who have suffered from it.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Leyton Orient on this educational event to reach local young people. The students have enjoyed a fun memorable day, while learning about racism and what they can do if they witness or experience racism. Football club events are a unique way of delivering anti-racism education and we couldn’t offer them without the support of clubs like Leyton Orient.”
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996. The organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in their schools, their workplaces and at events held in football stadiums. Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year.