PUPILS at Corbridge Middle School were told to show racism the red card during a visit from a former Newcastle United star.

Anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card, visited Corbridge Middle School on Friday with former footballer Olivier Bernard to give pupils a better understanding of what racism is and how it impacts on individuals and society.

With support from Northumberland County Council, the educational programme helps pupils, using the high-profile status of football and football players, to help tackle racism in society.

Classroom workshops focused on increasing awareness of the responsibility to challenge racism, and football and fitness sessions were delivered as year five pupils got stuck into a kickabout with the former Champions League star.

Assistant headteacher at the school, Lindsay Hamilton explained: “The visit was received very positively by the children who thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and the fitness session with Olivier Bernard. This opportunity has educated our pupils, not only about racism and stereotypes, but how to challenge these aspects safely if they are seen or heard.”

Chief executive of the organisation, Ged Grebby, added: “At a time of rising racism throughout the UK, it is vitally important that schools help promote a positive multi-cultural and anti-racism message.

“Huge thanks to the Newcastle United Foundation who provided match tickets for the Newcastle United vs Manchester City game on Tuesday, January 29 for some lucky Corbridge Middle School pupils.”

Northumberland County Council’s support allows Show Racism the Red Card to work in 28 schools in the county and educate more than 1,800 pupils per year.