We delivered the first ever Dealing with Racism Workshop to referees in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales
Campaign Worker Jason Webber who has developed the workshop delivered the first ever pilot workshop to referees at the Vale of Glamorgan Referee Society this week.
The interactive workshop is based on real life examples in football, providing opportunities to discuss methods of how the referee can deal with the situation - from prevention techniques to the procedure of reporting incidents, along with the importance of this.
There were some interesting discussions and experiences shared during the workshop of incidents the referees have come across in Wales along with their thoughts on the topic and how they felt it can be challenged in football.
The referees that attended filled out a post workshop questionnaire which showed that they felt that training on how to deal with racism is essential for referees and something that needs to be delivered at all levels across Wales.
None of the referees had ever had any training on dealing with racism but had all come across it at their level at some point since refereeing in Wales.
Every participant stated that the activities furthered their understanding of racism and the example scenarios provided were ones they had either come across or feel would come across when refereeing and provided good support on ways to deal with them.
Vale of Glamorgan referee society sectary Terry Allday said:
"As a referee it has become increasingly important that your knowledge base goes further than a complete understanding of the Laws of the Game. Education on all aspects within the football arena has now become just as essential for match officials. Instruction on how to recognise and understand the problems that may - and do – arise. Just as critical is how to deal with them effectively."
The SRtRC workshop certainly assisted in this highlighting how and where issues can occur and importantly how to manage these situations - both during and after the event.
Raising the awareness can only be beneficial to all concerned.
Each referee stated that if they experienced a racist incident they would report it but some felt that difficulties arise in these situations such as intimidation of others and fear of retaliation.
Jason Webber said: “The first workshop was really productive, the referees were very positive to the workshop and our aims of training players, coaches and referees across Wales. This workshop again showed how little support people have not just in football but in society on anti racism training, to get rid of racism from the game education at all levels is key to achieving this aim. We are working with the Football Association of Wales to hopefully continue these workshops and to roll the program out across Wales, which will have a huge impact.”
This workshop was covered in the Penarth Times, to read the article click HERE
For more information and to take part in one of our dealing with racism workshops targeted towards players, coaches and referees contact:
02920 351 616