Seamus Coleman and Everton Ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis joined children from schools across Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon when they attended a Show Racism the Red Card educational session at Goodison Park.
Based in The People’s Club lounge, the Blues duo took their seats at a top table where they joined a panel of other recognisable faces, including Premier League referee Chris Foy and Howard Gayle, for a question and answer session with 120 young people.
Organised with the help of Everton in the Community, each school in attendance was given the opportunity to put a question forward to the diverse panel of guests who talked to the children about their own thoughts and opinions on racism in football, what they should do if they experience racial abuse and encouraged them to campaign against racism.
Established in 1996, Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity that utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society as well as delivering education to young people and adults to promote a message of understanding and address a range of issues surrounding issues.
Speaking after attending the event, Coleman said: “This was my third time of attending a Show Racism the Red Card event and it is great to sit down with the rest of the panel and try and make the children as aware as possible about why racism isn’t acceptable.
“Hopefully they can take what they’ve learnt today into the future and be the ones to make a difference and teach others to know the difference between right and wrong.”
Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community work tirelessly with Show Racism the Red Card and other leading charities throughout the year to continue their work in encompassing all six areas of diversity and aim to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the grounds of Age, Disability, Gender, Race, Religion and Sexual Orientation.
Everton’s fixture against Swansea City on Saturday 22 March has been designated as the Blues’ Kick It Out Match Of Action and the Club are hosting a variety of match day activities in the Fan Zone pre match to showcase the work Everton in the Community does all year round to encourage equality and diversity across Merseyside.
For more information on Show Racism the Red Card visit http://www.srtrc.org/home.