More than 100 school children from local primary schools attended an event supported by Doncaster Council to tackle racism in sport and everyday life.
Organised by the anti-racist educational charity Show Racism the Red Card and hosted for sixth time by Doncaster Rovers Football Club, the event at the Keepmoat Stadium was one of a number of events being held up and down the country this year.
Pupils from Woodfield, Kingfisher, St Francis Xavier and Bentley High Street primary schools were able to grill Newcastle United player Oliver Bernard and current Doncaster Rovers FC players about racism. And there were workshops from Doncaster Pride and South Yorkshire Police.
Councillor Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion, who made a speech at the event, said: “We are delighted to support this annual event.
“I am passionate about making Doncaster a great place that offers a bright future, full of opportunities and potential for all.
“Only by acting together – and very importantly, listening to and working with our children and young people – will we create a Doncaster that enables future generations to thrive.
“We all need to do our best to make Doncaster a better and safer place for everyone to grow up in. I want everyone in Doncaster to get the same life chances, whether they are at school or at work, to enjoy their lives free from bullying and harassment. This is what this event is about – showing young people how discrimination can rise up and making them think about how people may interpret their words or actions.”
Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, Ged Grebby, said: “We believe education is vital in tackling inter-generational racism and we hope this event will have a positive impact on the young people attending.
“Hosting this kind of event demonstrates Doncaster’s commitment to tackling racism in football and society brilliantly.”
Former Doncaster Rovers’ goalkeeper Jan Budtz said: “Show Racism the Red Card is a great charity and that you can’t do enough to raise awareness.”
During the day, school children were also treated to a tour of the stadium and had a chance to meet their favourite players.