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Oasis Academy Brightstowe pupils Show Racism the Red Card

Sophie Sayer and Maya Palmer won a national art competition in support of an anti-racism campaign in football

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 23, 2017 | Events

Talented young artists Sophie Sayer and Maya Palmer were winners in a national competition launched in support of an anti-racism campaign in football.

The pair, who are both in Year 8 at Bristol’s Oasis Academy Brightstowe, were among more than 20,000 entrants in the Show Racism the Red Card National School Competition.

Open to young people of all ages, the free-to-enter competition encourages participants to produce anti-racism themed artwork in any medium including creative writing, film and music.

Sophie and Maya’s striking lino print design was judged one of the three best in the Year 7-Year 9 category, earning them the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony at the King Power Stadium, home of former Premier League Champions Leicester City.

Several Leicester City players were present, alongside England coach Gareth Southgate, BBC sports presenter Manish Bhasin, former Arsenal star Paul Davis and Gordon Taylor OBE, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association.

Prizes included Kindle Fires, signed England shirts and tickets to attend the recent Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley, which saw Manchester City defeat Birmingham City 4-1.

The ceremony also saw special awards handed out in memory of former England Graham Taylor, who was patron of the Show Racism the Red Card charity for many years, and Jo Cox MP, who was murdered in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

Rhian Iredale, subject leader in Art at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, said: “Huge congratulations to Sophie and Maya for being chosen as winners in what was an extremely large field. They worked tirelessly on their design and fully deserve their success, and I’m delighted that it has provided an extra incentive to persuade them to choose Art as one of their GCSE options.”

Show Racism the Red Card’s chief executive, Ged Grebby, added: “The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”

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