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Showing Racism the Red Card at the Proact

9 December 2015

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The Proact Stadium yesterday hosted a special Show Racism the Red Card event at the Proact Stadium with local school children invited to take part.

The attendees got to have a tour of the Proact Stadium as part of their day, learn more about the effects of racism as well as sitting down for a special session on discrimination with Spireites players Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Dion Donohue and Jay O'Shea.

Ben Holman from Show Racism the Red Card explained the importance of the day: "We run events like this at a number of clubs throughout the season and we invite kids along to workshops like the one here to today to have a workshop watch some videos and have a ground tour at Chesterfield.

"We've also had some Chesterfield players here for an Q and A session and the young people have been able to talk to the players and find out their views and experiences.

"With footballers acting as role models with high profiles they help to send the message to people who class them as heroes.

"There's a lot of work to be done, but using football helps make an awkward topic accessible to the young people and gives them more confidence to talk about it."

Michael Noon for the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, which helped organise the event, was also pleased with how the day went.

"It's fantastic for the club and for the Community Trust to have Show Racism the Red Card here," he said. 

"It's a great programme that visits schools and football clubs across the country with a very important message, so we jumped at the chance to host the event."

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