ARGYLE were proud to host an event run by Show Racism the Red Card which featured appearances from Lionel Ainsworth, Luke McCormick and Robbert te Loeke, as well as Argyle Ladies’ Michaela Phillips.
Pupils from four local primary schools visited Home Park to participate in workshops exploring racism and stereotypes, and what hate crime is.
There are 15 educational events with football clubs in England as part of a project supported by Department for Communities and Local Government to educate about hate crime.
The event was also supported by long-term sponsors of SRtRC, Plymouth City Council. Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “I’m delighted to support Show Racism the Red Card for another year. Racism of all forms should not be tolerated.
“Argyle’s footballers are role models with huge influence over young people across the city. They are well placed to spread the message that racism has no place in Plymouth.”
In January 2017, Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid announced SRtRC would be one of four projects to offer education to encourage the reporting and prevention of hate crime. He said: “Hate crime has no place whatsoever in British Society. We will not stand for it. All communities must be free from fear of verbal or physical attack.”
Argyle have worked with the campaign consistently over many years to educate about racism.
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said: “Clubs like Plymouth Argyle are helping us work with young people in a unique setting, listen to their views, and educate about prejudice. We want to make sure, if a young person experiences or witnesses a hate crime, they know who they can turn to.”