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Town stars back racism campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:59 16 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

FOOTBALLERS are helping to put the boot into racism in a new video and poster campaign.

The video, from The Show Racism The Red Card campaign, is to be shown to schools around the county in a bid to get the anti-racism message across.

FOOTBALLERS are helping to put the boot into racism in a new video and poster campaign.

The video, from The Show Racism The Red Card campaign, is to be shown to schools around the county in a bid to get the anti-racism message across.

Around 60 pupils from Holywells and Deben High Schools gathered at Ipswich Town Football club yesterday and although due to a technical hitch the video could not be played, they still got to look at the posters and ask some of the players questions.

Jim Magilton, Titus Bramble and Martijn Reuser were all on hand to talk to the pupils and spread the message.

The launch is part of a joint week of action against racism, which is taking place countrywide.

The video features top footballers and managers from across the country speaking out against racism, while the posters feature Ipswich Town Football Club and is being sponsored by Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

Pupils from the two schools have already been studying the subject of racism and how to challenge it if they come across it.

During the afternoon, Orwell High School pupil, Charlotte Clarke read out her prize-winning poem about racism, while Ipswich singer Wayeta Burudi and actor Michael Clarke also gave special performances.

Bryony Rudkin, member of the county council's executive committee said that football was used because it was something that youngsters enjoyed.

She said: "Young people tend to look up to these people and see them as role models.

"If footballers are telling them that racism is bad, that is a good message.

"The county council is 100 per cent behind getting this message out to our schools and we are pleased to work with Ipswich Town Football Club in supporting the campaign."

John Mowles, leisure spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council, said: "We are very pleased to be part of this initiative. Tackling racism is an important issue every day of the year, but campaigns like this are a timely reminder that we must get our message across."

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