CHILDREN PICK UP AWARDS AT ANTI-RACISM EVENT

Stamford Bridge hosted the Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out School Competition Awards in the Champions Club yesterday [Thursday] afternoon.

School children from across the country gathered at Stamford Bridge to take part in the event and collect their awards from famous names from the world of football.

England women's international Rachel Yankey joined Chelsea's first black player Paul Canoville alongside a host of former professionals to present prizes to the winning school children, and Canoville stressed the importance of such events.

'These type of events are crucial in educating the youngsters,' he said. 'Racism isn't needed in football, but more importantly it's not needed in life, and this is where the message starts.'

Ken Monkou at anti racism event

The event was hosted by former Chelsea defender Ken Monkou [pictured above], whose podium stood in front of an array of anti-discrimination poster designs created by schools who entered the competition.

'This is what it's all about, it's about spreading the word, and the response from the children has been amazing,' said Monkou.

'Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out are re-educating the kids, and giving the message that racism isn't right.

'With all the work clubs themselves, and charities, have done, it's helping. You'll never get rid of it completely but we're working hard to make sure the message is spread and people are aware, and it's having an impact.'

But it wasn't only posters, there were also poems which had been written to tackle discrimination in all forms, videos and even songs performed live by students as the awards ceremony unfolded. In total, 53 awards were handed out.

Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: 'To hold this event at Stamford Bridge is amazing, everyone's had a brilliant day, the prizes that all the football clubs have given us have been outstanding and the talent of the young people has been tremendous.'