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Owls tackle racism

25 September 2013


Owls stars have teamed up with former footballers and young people from across Sheffield to tackle racism on and off the pitch.


Midfielder Liam Palmer and loanee Jordan Spence were joined by former Newcastle defender John Beresford and ex-Crystal Palace player Dean Gordon at a Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) event held at Hillsborough.

More than 100 children from Sheffield schools took part in educational activities exploring what racism is, how it affects people and ways it can be eradicated from society.

The event, organised by anti-racism charity SRtRC, included a screening of a DVD featuring international football stars discussing their experiences of racism and their thoughts on how to combat it.

For many of the young people the highlight was getting the chance to put questions to the panel of special guests including the Owls players.

Speaking afterwards Liam Palmer said: “I think Show Racism the Red Card are doing an excellent job in raising awareness and educating children about racism, which is not just a problem in football, but in schools and everyday life.

"It was great for me and Jordan be invited along to help promote this message and to answer questions from the kids.”

The best question, as judged by the panel, received a 2013/14 home shirt signed by the first team squad which was donated by the SWFC Community Programme.

SRtRC Campaign Co-ordinator, Gavin Sutherland, said: “It was really good to kick off our season-long programme of educational events at Sheffield Wednesday.

“You could see the young people were listening attentively and all of the panellists handled the questions really well. Liam and Jordan did a great job and were happy to sign autographs too.”

He added: “We’re really grateful to the club for their support and will look forward to working with SWFC in the future.”

Sheffield Schools taking part included Arbourthorne Primary, Prince Edward Primary and Hucklow Primary.

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