Swansea City held their annual SRtRC club event at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
On Wednesday the 1st of February, around 80 pupils from Traethmelyn, Wauncierch and Clun schools came together at the Liberty stadium for our club event with first team players from the club.
In the morning session, we delivered interactive workshops with the children engaging and responding to questions raised by the activities.
One girl, Shannon of Traethmelyn, was interested most by the vocabulary education: ‘I was surprised about the words!’, she said. ‘I didn’t even realise those words were bad.’
Neil Taylor and Nathan Dyer, fresh from a great performance against Chelsea the previous day, joined the Show Racism team after for an afternoon Q&A session with the students, followed by a lengthy session where they patiently signed the children’s SRTRC Swansea City posters and more.
The students seemed particularly responsive to the player’s personal experiences with racism in football and in their lives, dozens of hands were raised each time a question was answered.
Their teachers also had a positive response to the day. Alan Doyle, Head teacher at Traethmelyn, said of the day: ‘the children were engaged, and it definitely made them stop and think. We’re really pleased to be involved.’ The Head Boy from Clun School, a year six boy named Chris, no doubt made his teachers extremely proud when he similarly said that ‘It was very good – the activities were fun, but also educational.’
Ultimately, however, the day for the children focused on the chance to have a personal encounter with their heroes. Neil Taylor, when asked in the Q&A why he thought these events were important, summed up the purpose of our organisation very well.
He told the assembled students: ‘You watch things on the TV, so you see us boys and you see what goes on in the game. I think it’s important as role models that we can come across and tell you guys that racism is wrong and it’s just not acceptable.’
Taylor and Dyer highlighted how important it is to educate young people and how much the campaign has an impact on this; they both have become our recent patrons of the campaign joining club Captain Ashley Williams.
Pupils of the best asked questions received a SRtRC goodie bag and a signed Swansea City FC ball.
We will continually work with Swansea City in Wales jointly supporting the message that racism has no place in sport or society.
To view images from the event click HERE.