Youngsters meet football heroes at Rotherham United’s anti-racism day

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Dozens of schoolchildren got the chance to meet some of their Rotherham United heroes as they took part in an anti-racism day.

A total of 80 youngsters from Winterhill and Dinnington schools recently attended the annual Show Racism the Red Card conference held at United’s New York Stadium

Also in attendance at the event were learners from Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s Futsal Scholarship.

Rotherham players Jonson Clarke-Harris, Ritchie Smallwood and Ryan Hall met with the children and took questions from them about the issue as part of the day, which also included a variety of educational workshops.

Prizes were presented to the children who asked the best questions on the day.

The event was held in partnership with the Show Racism the Red Card charity, which delivers activities across the country to educate young people on race and racism.

Mark Cummins, inclusion and health officer for the trust, said: “The day has been a real success, I would like to thank Show Racism the Red Card for continuing to support us in delivering this vitally important work. All of the young people were exceptional on the day posing some challenging questions to the panel.”

The event was timed to coincide with Black History Month, which takes place every October and is being supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Rotherham United event was part of a series of visits by Show Racism the Red Card officials to football clubs around the country this month, with other clubs due to take part next month.