Curtis Fleming was joined by Nicky Featherstone, Toto Nsiala and Michael Woods on the panel for a Show Racism The Red Card workshop held at the Club on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pools Assistant Manager has long been a patron for Show Racism The Red Card, an anti-racism educational charity which reaches out to youngsters through football to teach them about discrimination.
Primary school children from St Helen’s and Greatham attended the workshop, during which they watched educational videos and undertook activities designed to make them think about racism in their own communities.
They were then joined by Fleming and the trio of Pools stars who sat on a panel which also included Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Justine King, an Education Worker for Show Racism the Red Card.
Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel regarding their experiences of racism and discrimination with the best questions rewarded with match tickets, signed footballs, mini footballs, t-shirts and H’Angus the Monkey toys.
The educational event, which took place in the Centenary Lounge at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium, was funded by the Pools’ Community Sports Foundation and Barry Coppinger.
“It’s brilliant that Show Racism the Red Card are joining up with football clubs in our area to ensure more youngsters receive the message that racism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” explained Coppinger.
“Thanks to my funding, over 2000 Cleveland students have already benefitted from training, as well as teachers and educational practitioners from over 50 schools.
“I hope to build on this work over the next couple of years and there are still training spaces available for schools in Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland so I would encourage any interested schools to get in touch.”
The session was led by Show Racism the Red Card Campaign Co-Ordinator Gavin Sutherland who felt that the youngsters who attended took on board some valuable lessons and were inspired by the panel.
“I thought it was a very good workshop; the young people seemed to engage well and were happy to contribute answers but also showed lots of enthusiasm to ask questions,” said Sutherland.
“It was brilliant to have Curtis Fleming there because he’s been involved with Show Racism the Red Card since his playing days and has done a lot of work with us over the years.
“He speaks very eloquently about his experiences and how youngsters can help and I think having him there also helped the players to share their thoughts on racism too.”