ISLAND schoolchildren have been ‘showing racism the red card’ for the third year running with the help of two former professional footballers.
Former Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard and ex-Cardiff City winger Christian Roberts were in the island promoting the Show Racism the Red Card initiative; a charity that produces anti-racist educational resources and harnesses the power of high profile professional footballers to help combat racism.
The Show Racism the Red Card team visited pupils at Peel Clothworkers and Kewaigue Primary and held a special session at the Bowl for children from the island’s other schools, organised by the IoMFA.
Christian and Olivier played fun football games with the pupils before providing them with an introduction to the subject of racism and its origins, causes and practical ways to combat it. The children were also given the opportunity to ask any questions they had on the topic of racism.
Christian said: ‘We have been given such a warm welcome to the island on our previous visits, and this year has been no exception. We are so pleased with the children’s enthusiasm for this project; it really is inspiring to see how much they care about these important issues even at such a young age.’
‘Our team is also very appreciative of the ongoing support of Barclays in making our trips to the island possible. They have been a fantastic help in sponsoring and helping to arrange our visits over the past few years.’
Barclays Wealth and Investment Management supported the visit.
Simon Scott, Barclays’ managing director in the Isle of Man, said: ‘We are committed to promoting diversity and seek to work in partnership with charitable organisations to help others in our community. The Show Racism the Red Card initiative provided the opportunity to do both of these things.’