Around 100 young people from six Bolton Primary Schools attended this event in the Platinum Suite at the Reebok Stadium. This was the second time in the last two seasons that SRtRC have organised an event with Bolton Wanderers FC
Before the screening of the film and the Q&A session the young people were able to take part in an interactive education workshop led by, SRtRC patron, coach and facilitator Leroy Rosenior and SRtRC Community Education Manager Craig Bankhead. This session was well received and provided some good opportunities for young people to engage with the subject of the event and think about the issues arising.
The second hour of the event featured the screening of the SRtRC film, followed by a Q&A session on racism that in addition to the BWFC players, featured former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United player Glen Keeley, Leroy Rosenior, from Bolton Wanderers Community Department, Abdul Basit, from Kick It Out, Alison Vaughan and BWFC club mascot ‘Lofty the Lion’!
All of the panel, (except Lofty), contributed with some excellent answers to the questions put to them by the young people.
Bolton Wanderers FC provided 5 pairs of match tickets for a home game for the people who asked the best questions on the day and SRtRC also provided some T-Shirts for winners. This game will be especially relevant as it is taking place during the Kick It Out / FARE fortnight of action, which Alison spoke to the young people about. None of the audience left empty handed, as they all received SRtRC goody bags and were able to get copies of the new Bolton Wanderers FC / SRtRC team poster signed by the panel.
The audience were also able to get photos taken with the players and with Lofty the Lion. The event received some good media coverage on Real Radio.
SRtRC would like to thank everyone for taking part; the panel, audience and schools for coming along. Big thanks in particular are due to Bolton Wanderers FC for having us back again and to Abdul Basit in particular for his help in organising the event.