The action plan will involve primary school pupils and amateur football clubs across the Capital in the most extensive program ever delivered in Edinburgh. Initiatives include:
· Delivering two hour coaching and video sessions with P6 and P7 students from 32 primary schools across Edinburgh, reaching a total of 600 students;
· Working with two multi racial football clubs in Edinburgh to improve coaching quality;
· Implementing new FIFA anti racist directives through the proposed football accreditation scheme, as part of the city’s new Sports Forum; and
· Promoting more schools involvement in Show Racism the Red Card schools art competition to tackle racist attitudes.
Former Celtic star Gerry Britton from Show Racism the Red Card and Nick Croft from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Equalities Unit discussed how the partnership will work in further detail at Tuesday’s launch.
Councillor Dougie Kerr, Executive Member for Equalities and Voluntary Services said: “It is our duty to promote diversity and tackle prejudice and the Council is committed to challenging racism in all forms. Working with Show Racism the Red Card is a fantastic opportunity to reach with young people through football.”
Gerry Britton, Show Racism the Red Card Educational Coordinator said: “The City of Edinburgh Council has been very supportive of the work done by Show Racism the Red Card. In order to further the message, the City of Edinburgh Council has partnered with Show Racism the Red Card to work with 32 schools throughout the region. We feel that this is a great step towards tacking the menace of racism and shows the Council’s commitment in a promoting the multicultural city that Edinburgh truly is.”
The City of Edinburgh Council is also supporting the Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action from 17-30 October. The Council has committed to promoting events across the city involving many amateur and school football clubs to show a city wide stance against racism.