Footballers join pupils to give rotten racism the red card

Show Racism the Red Card presentation to pupils from Hailsham Community College at the American Express Community Stadium
Show Racism the Red Card presentation to pupils from Hailsham Community College at the American Express Community Stadium
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Brighton & Hove Albion players teamed up with pupils from three local schools for an anti-racism awareness day.

Liam Rosenior and Sam Baldock spoke to pupils from Hailsham Community College, Blatchington Mill and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy at the club’s American Express Community Stadium for the event, which was organised in tandem with Show Racism the Red Card.

Pupils from the participating schools attended a series of workshops focusing on how stereotyping can lead to discrimination before meeting the players. For the first time these workshops included sessions on LGBT issues.

Baldock and Rosenior were joined by Albion women’s team centre forward Kim Stenning and Show Racism the Red Card’s Manisha Tailor for the question and answer session, with all four talking about their individual experiences of discrimination. The event was organised by the club’s official charity, Albion in the Community (AITC), and Show Racism the Red Card, following a similar successful event last year.

David Freeborn, curriculum development manager at AITC, said: “The day was a huge success - particularly the LGBT issues which were discussed in a sensible and mature. The students were a credit to their schools. The feedback from the schools has been excellent and we hope that this leads to more follow up work back at the individual schools.”

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