School anti-racism campaign backed by former Norwich City stars

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School with head teacher Heather Madsen and Johnny Lee, PE and Sports co-ordinator, have...

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School with head teacher Heather Madsen and Johnny Lee, PE and Sports co-ordinator, have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Let's make a change!'

That is the rallying call being sent to schools, sportsman, MPs and governing bodies by a Lowestoft-area primary school.

Red Oak Primary School, in Lowestoft, has launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism' that is urging people to "spread our anti-racism message."

Johnny Lee, PE and Sports co-ordinator at Red Oak Primary School, which has launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools...

Johnny Lee, PE and Sports co-ordinator at Red Oak Primary School, which has launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Johnny Lee, PE and Sports co-ordinator at the school in Southwell Road, said: "Recently there has been a massive increase in high profile racist incidents in football which has really tarnished the sport.

"Lots of footballers, teams and officials have suffered from online racist abuse during and after games and this just isn’t acceptable, the problem seems to be getting worse.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

"Racism in 2021 shouldn’t still be happening.

"We have a duty to educate our pupils about this current issue, so that they can learn about racism and how it effects its victims in football, sports and the wider society.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

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"Together with my head teacher Heather Madsen, we decided to create the Schools Against Racism campaign - a national campaign where we have challenged every other school in the UK to raise awareness of this issue by asking their students to create their own #SchoolsAgainstRacism football videos as a peaceful protest against racism."

Since the initiative was unveiled on March 1 on Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, it has already received the backing of Suffolk FA, Norfolk FA and Essex FA.

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Former Norwich City favourites Bryan Gunn, Darren Huckerby and Cedric Anselin have shared the campaign on social media along with Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU).

Mr Lee added: "We have also received support and backing from Lowestoft Town FC, Great Yarmouth Town, Waveney FC and Loddon United."

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Mrs Madsen said: "We feel it is important to raise awareness and try to make a difference beyond just our school if we are going to see changes in attitudes and beliefs.

"Schools spend a lot of time teaching pupils about the values behind being a sportsperson and about the importance of valuing diversity and being unique and it is time those adults that are role models to our future adults step up and take responsibility to make a change.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils from Red Oak Primary School, who have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

"We are so proud to have other schools behind this campaign, let’s stamp out racism and abuse and aim for a better future for the children and sports people, free of this unacceptable behaviour."

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'.

Pupils at Red Oak Primary School have launched a national campaign entitled 'Schools Against Racism'. Picture: Red Oak Primary School - Credit: Red Oak Primary School

Visit the Schools Against Racism page on Youtube.

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