Royals fans can see the leadership qualities in Michael Morrison when he directs proceedings from defence out on the pitch. But the centre-half is a leader in many ways off the pitch also.
Handing out red t-shirts to his squad members and gathering them for a group photo at a sun-soaked Bearwood Park on Thursday morning, Morrison strongly believes in the Show Racism The Red Card cause and his teammates were happy to lend their support before another tough training session.
“The lads all wearing red today is just about drawing attention to the Show Racism The Red Card campaign and bringing some awareness to the issues they are trying to address,” the charity’s patron began.
“There are a number of different organisations trying to tackle the issue of racism in football and in society in general, but I was particularly keen to support Show Racism The Red Card because their efforts are very much directed towards going into schools, educating people from a very young age about equality, diversity, inclusion and learning about the wrongs of the past so that their generation can do things right in the future.”
Each October, Show Racism the Red Card holds its annual Wear Red Day and today is its sixth that has taken place across England, Wales and Scotland.
Wear Red Day is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help fund anti-racism education for young people and adults across the UK.
Every penny raised during Wear Red Day enables the charity to educate more young people and adults across the UK to challenge racism in society.
“There is a lot of publicity about changing things and for me it is about awareness and education,” Morrison continued. “I believe educating young people is the way to tackle the problems we still have, so I was excited to be involved and proud to become a patron of this campaign a couple of years ago.
“This month is also Black History month and including that as part of the curriculum throughout the age groups at schools, giving young children that understanding and the values that are taught alongside it, is the best way to make sure nobody is discriminated against – through race or any other form of discrimination.”