As a West Ham fan Mike Gapes MP recently joined ex-Hammers striker Leroy Rosenior and winger Bobby Barnes and Wimbledon Manager Dave Bassett at the House of Commons to give his support to the Show Racism the Red Card campaign charity’s bid to become The Football Association’s Charity of the Year for 2011.
Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist charity, established in January 1996 with the aim of harnessing the potential of professional footballers as anti-racist role models and combatting racism through anti-racist education. The campaign involves hundreds of top footballers and managers and carries it’s work out throughout the UK delivering anti-racism workshops, football fun fitness sessions and hosting educational events at football clubs.
Later this year the FA will decide which charity will become their official charity partner for 2011. All charities go through a stringent process to become official FA partners and as well as a five figure financial donation from The FA's Community Shield Fund, all charities will benefit from a direct association with the FA.
Mike Gapes said “ I am delighted to throw my support behind Show Racism the Red Card’s bid to become FA Charity of the Year. I can think of no other charity that has worked so hard and so effectively to condemn racism, both within football and our society as a whole. I wish them all the best of luck with their bid!.”