Schools and football unite against racism09 April 2006

Once again Hampden Stadium was the proud host for the Show Racism The Red Card/Educational Institute of Scotland anti-racist schools competition prizegiving event.

The magnificent display of poetry, posters and films covering the large reception hall demonstrated the hard work, imagination and determination of pupils to stamp racism out of football and society.

12% of Scottish schools participated in the competition this year, and the quality of the submissions and winners work was reflected in the prizes, with all 12 SPL clubs and Morton FC providing signed footballs, signed shirts, VIP days and match tickets.

In attendance were players David McNammee (Livingston) , Jim McIntyre (Dundee United), Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock), Chris Burke (Rangers), Mark Wilson (Celtic), Phil O'Donnell (Motherwell), Andy McLaren and David McGurn (Morton) and Gerry Britton (Brechin). Scotland manager Walter Smith also came along to view the winners artworks and to show his support for the anti-racist campaign.

The day kicked off with a wild dash around the reception hall to gather the free football goodies and snacks that were provided. All the young people, and their teachers received a Red Card goody bag with magazines and posters before heading off on a tour of Hampden.

BBC Scotland's Dougie Vipond compered the prize giving with Pee Tee and Nuts, the mascots from Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock, whipping the crowd into a frenzy as the winners received their prizes from the SPL players. The prizewinning films were screened and the young poets read their first-rate poetry to an appreciative audience.

After the formalities were over it was photo time in the main stand and the chance to meet the players and mascots.

Roddy McNulty, Show Racism the Red Card Scotland's Coordinator said,
“Once again Scotland's young people are showing the way in tackling racism. Especially in the current political climate, it is essential that young people are able to combat racist stereotypes and attitudes from the earliest age.

The competition encourages schoolchildren to challenge racism in an intelligent way – the SRTRC Scotland video and education pack covers issues ranging from asylum, racism in grassroots football, to racist bullying in schools.

You can see by the high standard of artwork on show the strength of feeling Scotland's young people have on these issues”.