Club captain Gary Sawyer and Argyle Women's defender Lydia Huntley joined the Argyle Community Trust and over 120 local students to share their stories during a Show Racism the Red Card event.
‘Show Racism the Red Card’ operates as an anti-racism educational charity. Established in 1996 by former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, the organisation now works in schools and other institutional settings throughout the UK to offer a whole range of educational training, workshops, resources and activities - all designed to educate young people and adults about the causes and the consequences of racism.
The online event, held via Zoom, involved four primary schools from the region. Key Stage Two pupils were encouraged to discuss a range of topics, including sharing both positive and negative stories from previous experiences, and practicing the use of correct terminologies in the community.
Stew Walbridge, Argyle Community Trust Regional Manager, said: “Working in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card has always been impactful for the schools and children who have engaged in their workshops previously, it is vital to give children this education at an early age to improve the integration of everyone in our community. Coupled with the power of football and footballers’ status, education can act as an effective strategy in challenging racism in society.”
The interactive workshop was followed up by a special question and answer with special guests Sawyer and Huntley, enabling Argyle's sporting role models to discuss their experiences in the footballing world and to present an anti-racist message to young people.