Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club hosted its annual Show Racism the Red Card Education day on Monday at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium.
120 young people from schools across Redbridge attended the day and the event was sponsored by Redbridge Council
During the event the youngsters took part in a range of activities including workshops on anti-racism, and one by the Roma support group where they learnt about racism directed at Gypsy, Roma and travelling people.
The youngsters also enjoyed a tour behind the scenes at the npower League 2 Football club.
Captain Abu Ogogo
and Left back Femi
Ilesanmi joined former captain Anwar Uddin who now works for show Racism the Red card on a panel of guests including Redbridge Council Leader Keith Prince and former Charlton player Paul Mortimer for a question and answer sessions with the young people.
Chief Executive of Show Racism the red card Ged Grebby said. “Show Racism the Red Card is really grateful to Redbridge Council for sponsoring the event and To Dagenham and Redbridge FC for hosting, supporting and helping us organise today's full day event.
We believe that education is vital in tackling intergenerational racism and the Players support provides a positive impact on the young people.
The support that the council and the club provide shows their commitment to tackling racism in football and society". Dagenham and Redbridge managing Director Steve Thompson added
“We have been hosting these workshops for a number of years now and the workshop forms part of our work on the Anti- Racism campaign. We always make members of the 1st team squad available to support the event as well as providing prizes for the youngsters who asked the best questions”.
The Picture above shows Daggers captain Abu Ogogo
and defender Femi
Ilesanmi with former Daggers Anwar Uddin presenting the winner of the best Question competition.