A Tyneside-based anti-racism charity has been awarded more than two hundred thousand pounds by the Government.
Show Racism the Red Card, which was founded in Whitley Bay, said it had feared for its future because of a lack of funding. The announcement, by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will help the charity run its projects over the next year and tackle the influence of far right groups.
Among the project’s key features are:
Educational workshops for 9,400 young people aged 11-18 delivered by professional footballers
An educational resource for teachers
An assessment of the impact racist groups are having on young people's attitudes and well-being
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: "Extremism, whether from the far right of English politics or radical islamists, must be challenge wherever they are found. Our cultural touchstones, such as football, must not be perverted, the minds of our youth must not be corrupted by the insidious influence of the far right.
The campaign’s Honorary President, former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, said:
“The announcement today by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is another step down the road of our fight against racism, not only in football but in wider society. Together I am sure this is a fight that we can win."