Show Racism the Red Card visited the Reebok Stadium to work with local young people learning about racism.
I have enjoyed coming along with Gretar this afternoon to meet these local school children and highlight the vital work that Show Racism the Red Card do across England. I was involved with the charity when I was at Swansea and think that it is important to remind the public to kick racism out of the game.
At the event hosted by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, the young people took part in an educational workshop, led by Christian Roberts, former professional footballer and education worker with SRtRC, which allowed them to explore the issue of racism, including what might constitute racism, how to challenge racist ideas and the importance of reporting racist bullying.
They then had a workshop with the club's Chaplin Phil Mason, highlighting the importance of putting yourself in other people's shoes and treating people in a way which you would like to be treat.
Darren Pratley and Gretar Steinsson, two first-team players with Bolton Wanderers, then joined the young people in watching a DVD featuring some of the world's most recognisable players talking about their experiences of racism in the world of football, the various forms that it can take and how to deal with racism when it occurs.
Accompanied by Christian Roberts, and Phil Mason, Darren and Gretar then offered the school pupils the opportunity to quiz them about all aspects of racism. The Wanderers duo spoke to the pupils about how to challenge racism in the communities in which they live and also urged them to respect the differences between people and their classmates, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, culture or nationality.
Darren and Gretar talked to the young people in depth about the variety of cultures and nationalities within the Bolton Wanderers dressing room but that everyone still unites together and work as a team in an increasingly multi-cultural society.
Following on from the question and answer session, the young people queued up for photographs and autographs with the two players before returning back to their schools with a Show Racism the Red Card goody bag.
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