More than 70 local primary school pupils will be learning about how to tackle racism at an event hosted by the club and Show Racism the Red Card...
The event will see young people from Handale Primary, Newham Bridge Primary and St Peter’s Church of England School take part in workshops that explore important issues including racism, stereotypes and hate crime.
The young people will get the chance to tour the Club’s Riverside Stadium, before posing their own questions about racism to a panel of special guests including Stephen Walker, Isaiah Jones and former professional footballers Steve Howey and Ken Monkou.
The event comes on the eve of Wear Red Day, an awareness and fundraising day organised by Show Racism the Red Card to help the charity reach more people with its anti-racism education.
Wear Red Day will see tens of thousands of people in schools and businesses across the UK making a stand against racism by wearing something red and donating £1 to support the charity’s education work.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Middlesbrough on this event to talk to local young people about racism and hate crime.
"Racism has been one of the biggest news stories this week following the shocking scenes during the England v Bulgaria match.
"We believe education is key to tackling racism and that’s why we work with football clubs like Middlesbrough to talk to young people about the issue.
"Educational events like this are incredibly important to help young people develop an understanding of racism and hate crime and the hurt and impact they can have. We hope every young person leaves with the confidence to know what they can do if they experience or witness racism.”
Every season Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity, works with football clubs across England to deliver anti-racism education to youngsters from local schools. In the 2018/19 football season the charity worked with 40 football clubs across England to deliver anti-racism workshops to school children.
You can support Wear Red Day by wearing something red and donating £1, simply text ‘RED’ to 70470 – the text will cost £1 plus your standard rate message. The charity is encouraging everyone taking part this year to share their support by posting a photograph on social media and using the hashtag #WRD19.