TWO schoolgirls met the new Mayor of London after scooping second place in a national competition.
Sophie Anderson and Sam Browning came second out of over 2,000 entries after producing a clever anti-racism poster as part of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign.
The girls, of Park Community School, Havant, met the new mayor Sadiq Khan at an awards ceremony at West Ham Football Club, where they were awarded with goody bags containing their own England football shirt.
The poster efforts of the two Year 8 students were well received by the judges, much to the girls’ delight.
Sophie and Sam decided to enter the competition as they felt passionate about racism and it had affected their lives.
Sophie said: ‘We decided to enter the competition because we feel strongly about racism and have actually had experience of it ourselves.
‘We have family members who are mixed race and hate seeing what they have had to go through, so it is close very close to our hearts.
‘It was fantastic, we really enjoyed meeting the other contestants who had entered as well as mixing with some top names in sport.’
Park Community School headteacher Christopher Anders said: ‘As a school we try to find a range of ways to help students understand about prejudice and discrimination.
‘It is great news that not only did Sophie and Sam take the time to make an entry into the competition but that their ideas were recognised by the judges in this way.’
The pair used different colours and shapes to deliver their slogan ‘These colours match, so why don’t these?’
Sam said: ‘We decided to use interlocking shapes to show the way things go together, but we chose colours that don’t necessarily match.
‘This brought out the fact that even when two colours look ok some people still have issues.’
The awards were presented by TV personality Lisa Rogers and former West Ham United player Leroy Rosenior, with other Premier League players attending the event.
Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity established in 1996 that uses football to help teach younger children against racism.