Our Welsh Campaign held their first event of the season with County and Dragons players at the Newport Stadium
“Our first event of the season was one of the best events to date; it was fantastic having the number of players and our hall of fame and County manager Dean Holdsworth to support the day with the rest of the Newport squad attending for the autographs. The club have been fantastic over the years and we hope this will be the benchmark for all other clubs and events.
Jason Webber Campaign Worker (Wales)
80 pupils from Maindee Primary, St.Josephs Primary and Ringland Primary attended the occasion for the whole day in our first all day event of the season.
Pupils engaged in an anti racism workshop in the morning delivered by SRtRC Wales Education Coordinator Simon Richards and Ex professional footballer Christian Roberts.
Pupils took part in interactive tasks learning about different forms of racism and their consequences along with discovering different cultures from around the world affecting their lives using football as a tool for delivery.
Simon Richards commented saying, “The pupils were fantastic and fully interacted with all the activities. I probably learnt as much from the workshop as they did, thanks to their incisive questions and observant answers and I think they enjoyed being in an environment that was so different to the classroom. The questions they asked players showed they had taken a lot of information in and were ready to act on this information in a positive way. We hope they can take all they learnt back to school and help educate others.”
Pupils were lucky enough to have a ground tour and have lunch in the main stand post workshop.
The main event in the afternoon saw SRtRC Hall of fame and Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth with 9 County players joined by Newport Gwent Dragons players Ali Mackenzie and Nathan Brew.
Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions about racism in sport and society to the panel of players which saw some testing questions such as “how do you feel when you are receiving racism” and “what can be done to stop it.”
The best questions asked during the Q&A session received Newport County match tickets and a singed Newport County football.
Pupils had an exclusive opportunity to receive signed 2010/11 Newport County posters and have their photo taken with the team with the South Conference League Trophy which County had won last season.
The day was a great occasion for the pupils and their teachers were very positive about the outcomes and importance of the event and are keen to continue with anti racist education in their classroom.
Dean Holdsworth spoke highly of SRtRC and the event:
" I am always pleased to be involved in such a great cause and to create awareness, It's fantastic to see so many children participating, educating the children on the many issues around todays social problems through football and sport is a great way to communicate".
SRtRC would like to thank Lisa Savage for helping organise the event and both Newport County and Newport Gwent Dragons for their support.
To view the event video click HERE
To view photos from the even click HERE
For a list of future events in Wales click HERE
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Picture above - Prize winners with Manager Dean Holdsworth, Dragons players Ali Mackenzie and Nathan Brew with the South Conference League Trophy pitchside at the stadium.