Cllr Norma Stephenson OBE, Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner, Steve Howey, former Newcastle United, Manchester City & England defender, Aman Hussain, Year 6 pupil, Green Lane Primary Academy and Chief Constable Veale
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Mike Veale joined charity 'Show Racism the Red Card' (SRtRC) to launch a World Cup anti-racism poster at a Middlesbrough school.
The poster features artwork designed by Aman Hussain of Green Lane Primary Academy. Pupils from all over England entered a competition to see their design feature on the posters.
Aman’s design was chosen from more than 10,000 entries and will be printed on 100,000 posters which will be distributed to a wide range of SRtRC sponsors and supporters over the coming weeks.
The youngster was shown a copy of his winning design at a launch event at Green Lane Primary Academy. It was attended by SRtRC patrons and sponsors including former England, Newcastle United and Manchester City defender Steve Howey and Stockton-On-Tees Councillor Norma Stephenson OBE.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Tackling racism and inequality within society is a key priority of mine and I have worked with Show Racism the Red Card since I was first elected. The power and influence of football can be very strong on young people and the fact that the England squad are standing up against racism will have a real impact on them.
“The poster competition was a great initiative to get young people involved in promoting tolerant behaviour and Aman’s poster contains a powerful message about being more accepting of those around us. I’m incredibly proud to fund the printing and distribution of the posters and can’t wait to see Aman’s winning design up and down the country. Well done to Aman and all at Green Lane Primary School.”
Cleveland Police’s Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “It’s a key part of policing to stand up against racism in our communities. Show Racism the Red Card are doing fantastic work and it’s great Aman’s poster will help spread the message against prejudice.”
Jackie Walsh, Head Teacher at Green Lane Primary Academy said: “We are so proud of Aman and the powerful message his poster conveys. It’s wonderful to support such an influential campaign and the opportunity to be involved in the Middlesbrough launch was a very special moment indeed.”
SRtRC Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said: “Show Racism the Red Card are indebted to Gareth Southgate and the England team for taking the time to endorse an anti-racism message.
“We wish the England team well in the World Cup and thank them for again using their profile to help spread the message that racism has no place in either football or society.”
Posted on Wednesday 20th June 2018