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RACISM SEES RED; Stars show kids how to stamp out prejudice.

Byline: MARK WELFORD

TEESSIDE schoolkids joined former Boro stars to Show Racism the Red Card Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) is a campaign in Britain to stamp out racism from British society as well as association football. It is a member of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network. .

The event at Gisborough Hall mixed football training with educational films and myth-busting question and answer sessions to help children learn more about racism on and off the field.

Former Boro stalwarts Dean Gordon Dean Gordon (born February 10, 1973 in Croydon, South London) is an English professional footballer who plays in the position of left back. Gordon has international experience with the England Under-21s. He is strong in the tackle and impressive going forward down the left flank.  and Curtis Fleming Curtis Fleming (born October 8, 1968 in Manchester, UK) is a former Irish international footballer. Fleming played right back and won international honours for the Republic of Ireland at under-21, under-23, 'B' and senior level. He started his career with St.  were on hand to help hammer the message home.

Around 116 pupils from four primary schools across Redcar and Cleveland The borough of Redcar & Cleveland is a unitary authority in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England consisting of Redcar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, and small towns such as Brotton, Skelton and Loftus.  - Handale, Newcomen, Nunthorpe and South Bank - took part in the session last week.

Abigail Burniston, 10, a pupil at Newcomen Primary, Redcar, said: "I thought it was really interesting and a good way to learn about racism."

Former Boro full-back Dean Gordon, 36, who has been involved in Show Racism the Red Card for two years, said: "It's a great project. The kids really do take it on board and when we involve football it helps them to really latch onto it.

"We ask kids what racism is, and what causes racism -targeting them at primary school, when they're at a really impressionable im·pres·sion·a·ble  
adj.
1. Readily or easily influenced; suggestible: impressionable young people.

2.
 age. It's proved a fantastic success."

Charity co-ordinator Ged Grebby said: "The campaign has been going since 1996 and year on year it's been growing.

"Since 2004 we've been developing community education work directly. Middlesbrough Council came on board last year and now to have Redcar and Cleveland on board is fantastic. We're using the role model status of players and the example of football. It's a great way of getting an anti-racism message across."

The charity has developed a number of activities featuring high profile footballers to encourage youngsters to look beyond a person's skin colour, religion or culture.

Redcar and Cleveland is the eighth local authority in the North-east to form a partnership with Show Racism the Red Card. The initiative will reach 22 schools and develop training for teachers, youth workers and others working with young people.

WORKING TOGETHER: Former Boro stars Dean Gordon, back right, and Curtis Fleming, back left, with organiser Barbir Noor and youngsters, from left, Iain Kilcar, Abigail Burniston, Anthony Renton, Cara Hill and Sarah Ahmed, above. Other children learn about racism, right Picture by DOUG MOODY
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2009
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