Footballers gather at Etihad for Show Racism the Red Card's School Competition awards
- Wednesday 24 April 2019
The event will be held in the Legends Lounge, at the Etihad Stadium. Entertainment will start at 12:30 on Thursday 25 April, with the Awards Ceremony running from 14:00 to 16:00.
The 19th annual event will see a host of former and current professional footballers and other special VIP guests including Chris Kamara, Jason Lee, Gordon Taylor, Dave Bennett, Gary Bennett, Trevor Sinclair, Dave Prentis and Kevin Courtney who will present prizes to young people from schools throughout England.
The event will be hosted by CBBC presenters Alex Winters and Ben Cajee.
One of the winning entries to receive the special Graham Taylor OBE Memorial Award and another winning entry will be recognised in a unique way with the Jo Cox Memorial Award, to be selected by Iona Lawrence, Director of the Jo Cox Foundation. The awards themes of equality and togetherness are mirrored and supported by the Foundation.
Gareth Southgate, England Manager, has presented prizes at the Awards Ceremony in the past said: “This awards ceremony presents another opportunity to recognise and celebrate the tireless work of Show Racism the Red Card throughout schools across this country.
“Education is critical in the fight against discrimination and it’s great to see so many young people engaging in this competition in such an enthusiastic manner. I would like to congratulate all entrants for producing such a high level of work across all categories.”
Show Racism the Red Card's chief executive, Ged Grebby, said: "It is fantastic that Manchester City Football Club has agreed to host this year’s School Competition awards ceremony. We hope that the winning entries from this year’s anti-racism competition will inspire people from across the UK and beyond.’
“The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”
“SRtRC would also like to congratulate all the winners of the 2019 School Competition on their achievement. This event is a fantastic example of the hard work and commitment of thousands of young people and the enthusiasm the SRtRC campaign inspires. Our colleagues and sponsors as ever have been very generous in their continued support and backing of the event.”
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite is a proud supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and its tireless work in schools across the country. The work of Show Racism the Red Card is vital in educating young people and ridding racism from our football pitches, terraces and communities. All the entrants and winners in this year’s awards should be proud of their work which demonstrates that unity can overcome division and discrimination.”
- Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is an anti-racism charity that uses professional footballers as role models to educate young people about the dangers of racism in football and in society.
- Show Racism the Red Card School competition is a national and annual initiative. The competition is supported by Unite the union, the National Education Union (NEU), Unison, The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Potts Print UK, The Football Association and Durham county council.
- For more information on the event, including information about winning entries, please contact Pete Maxwell PR + 44 (0) 7841 464482 firstname.lastname@example.org