No More Red Campaign

by Chris Balding

In Arsenal’s FA cup game against Nottingham Forest they came out of the tunnel not wearing their usual red kits but instead wore all-white jerseys as part of a campaign against youth violence. Youth violence has become a pandemic especially in London which saw a record high 30th teenage homicide this year. 

The “No More Red” campaign has been orchestrated to take out the red from their usual colours to highlight the movement. 

After the game the special kits have been gifted to community organisations that are tackling the rise in violence among teenagers. 

Hollywood superstar and London native Idris Elba joined the campaign after launching his own initiative, “Don’t Stab Your Future”. Idris Elba also commentated saying;

“From the time young people leave school, until the time they’re at home with family, there is often a void, a dangerous spike of nothing to do, where nothing can easily turn to something dangerous,”

“If there continues to be no options for this after-school period, we will always see gangs form. Let’s create options for these young people.”

Former Gunner’s legend Ian Wright also waded into the conversation adding “Every young person deserves the opportunity to express themselves. The opportunity to exist within a safe environment. The opportunity to live free from fear of violence.

“We can never accept loss of life through youth violence as ‘normal’ in our city and it’s so important that we all work together to create a better environment for young people.

“By giving young people more places to play sport, more support, and access to individuals who can inspire them, together we can help make a difference to young people in London.”

We can only hope this draws the much needed attention onto the matter and something positive can come from this statement and end the bloodshed. 

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