Youngsters show racism the red card

Dave Prentis praises the ‘inspirational work’ of school children from across the UK

UNISON joined with Show Racism the Red Card to honour the winners of England’s largest equalities-themed competition for young people.

The Show Racism the Red Card School Competition sees young people throughout England create their own anti-racism messages in a variety of formats.

Youngsters aged from five to 16 submitted a range of entries for the competition, including poetry, short stories, artwork, films and music – all highlighting the anti-racism message.

There were two special memorial awards recognising the work of the late Graham Taylor, who was once England manager, and the MP Jo Cox, both of whom worked tirelessly for equality.

The 68 winners gathered at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke to be presented with their prizes. They met representatives from Premier League club Stoke City and special guests from the world of football.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and assistant general secretary Liz Snape (pictured above right) were among the union’s representatives at the event.

Established in 1996, Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, which utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society.

UNISON is a key sponsor of the school competition, which has been running for 18 years and plays a major role in the charity’s work with young people.

Congratulating the winners, Mr Prentis said: “Highlighting the anti-racism message is extremely important and these young people have done so in a range of creative ways.

“UNISON is proud to support this fantastic competition that gives young people the opportunity to produce such inspirational work.”