Hoops launch new awareness programme

QPR in the Community Trust has this week launched a new ‘Stop the Hate’ programme in local schools to tackle hate crime.

The programme, devised with Hammersmith & Fulham council, Show Racism the Red Card and the National Union of Teachers, will see QPR in the Community Trust coaches delivering workshops in five local schools to educate children about the dangers of hate crime, and support them to reject prejudice in all its forms. The workshops, jointly delivered with Educators from Show Racism the Red Card, will be followed up with an educational visit to Loftus Road, as well as teacher training funded by the NUT. 
QPR in the Community Trust and some of its partner organisations were joined at Loftus Road for Saturday’s game against Fulham by local MP Andy Slaughter, as well as former QPR players Trevor Sinclair and Danny Shittu, to launch the new programme.
 
Speaking at the match, Andy Slaughter MP said: “The rise in hate crime since last summer is very worrying, and urgently needs tackling. Football clubs are uniquely well placed to take a lead on these kinds of issues because they are at the heart of their communities. I know that QPR take that responsibility very seriously. That’s why they invited staff from the Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith  to Loftus Road after they were attacked last year, and are making a return visit there to deliver one of the hate crime workshops. It is also why they were the first London club to back Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign championing tolerance and unity in the capital. Football is more than just a game. Football clubs – professional and amateur – can be powerful community assets. QPR understand the positive role they can play in their community, and the programme being launched today to tackle the scourge of hate crime is just the latest example.”
 
Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, said: “Our diversity as a borough is a point of pride. That’s why we hosted our first ever Unity Day last summer to bring 10,000 residents together to stand up to hate and prejudice – and will be doing so again this year. We are very pleased to be working with Show Racism the Red Card, QPR and our local schools to put a stop to racism of any sort. And we sincerely thank them for their efforts.”
 
Steve Goodsell from Show Racism the Red Card said: “As Show Racism the Red Card enter our 21st year educating children on the dangers of racism and hate crime, we are delighted to be doing so working in partnership with QPR in the Community Trust, the council and the NUT. Our joint 'Stop the Hate' educational initiative is truly innovative and will play a part in promoting community cohesion in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and in keeping its children safe.”
 
Mark Hopper from the National Union of Teachers said: "Teachers and schools have a huge part to play in empowering children and young people to recognise prejudice and racism when it occurs and empowering them to stand up against discrimination in all its forms.  We are delighted that local teachers, school staff and pupils will be able to engage with Show Racism the Red Card's huge experience, resources and innovative approaches.  The NUT nationally is a  committed sponsor of SRtRC's work and we are proud to be supporting their work in our Borough."
 
The project will be delivered in five schools in the north of Hammersmith & Fulham and offer teacher training opportunities for schools throughout the Borough.