Show racism the red card

Show racism the red card

Today, Mary Glindon, MP joined ex-professional footballers, representatives from the Professional Footballers Association and members of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign to give her support to the charity’s bid to become The Football Association’s Charity of the Year for 2011.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist charity, established in January 1996 with the aim of harnessing the potential of professional footballers as anti-racist role models and combatting racism through anti-racist education. The campaign involves hundreds of top footballers and managers and carries it’s work out throughout the UK delivering anti-racism workshops, football fun fitness sessions and hosting educational events at football clubs.

The MP for North Tyneside today joined with supporters such as the Professional Footballers' Association Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor, Gary Lineker and ex-England Manager, Graham Taylor to support the charity’s bid to be the FA’s Charity of the year. Later this year the FA will decide which charity will become their official charity partner for 2011.  All charities go through a stringent process to become official FA partners and as well as a five figure financial donation from The FA's Community Shield Fund, all charities will benefit from a direct association with the FA. 

Mary said “Today I threw my support behind Show Racism the Red Card’s bid to become FA Charity of the Year. I can think of no other charity that has worked so hard and so effectively to condemn racism, both within football and our society as a whole. I wish them all the best of luck with their bid!.”

This sign-up event follows on from the Early Day Motion raised in parliament by Dave Anderson MP in August which received significant support. Former Shadow Foreign Secretary David Miliband MP said, “The vision of a Britain in which every citizen whatever their race, religion, colour or creed gets equal treatment, goes to the heart of who I am. I’m the first person in my family to be born in this country and I know we’ve made fantastic progress, in large part thanks to the campaigning of such organisations as Show Racism the Red Card.”

Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby thanked MP’s for their support and said: “2011 will be the 15th anniversary year for our organisation and to get FA Charity of the Year would be a real boost for our campaign’s work. We have been overwhelmed with messages of support from within football but also from across a whole range of organisations and individuals within the UK.”

For more information about the work of Show Racism the Red Card please contact or visit our website


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Mary visits George Stephenson

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our school yesterday. I am really pleased you left with such a positive view of the school and welcome the fact you are now a real advocate for us.

The students really valued you giving your time to talk to them and were inspired by you. I have no doubt they will be in touch whenever they have a burning issue!

You are welcome to visit us again whenever you like - please keep in touch!

Ian Wilkinson

‘I thoroughly enjoyed visiting George Stephenson High School, everyone was friendly and courteous and all the pupils look really smart in their new uniforms. I was particularly impressed with the work that is being done around the environmental project and was amazed to see the bike repair shed! I loved the cafe diner and the Italian cafe! The school magazine team are all very bright and enthusiastic and it was good to learn about the hard work that goes into producing an issue. It was nice to make friends with George Stephenson High School, a place I can only say good things about, and I look forward to working with you all in the future.’

Mary Glindon