The Welsh team visited Stadiwm Maes Tegid for the first event of 2013.
This was the 4th consecutive year we have held an event at Bala Town FC and young people from Bro Tryweryn and Beuno Sant primary school attended the ground for the day.
Education worker Chris Stokes and former professional footballer Christian Roberts delivered our educational workshop to the young people who explored the topic of racism. Many of the young pupils had little experience or knowledge on the topic living in rural Wales and were very enthused to learn about different cultures and how it affects them living in Bala.
The afternoon session saw the first showing of our brand new educational DVD in a club event in Wales. The film had some good feedback from the young people who enjoyed seeing their idols on the screen sharing their thoughts on the topic and adding to their knowledge of what they had learnt in the morning workshop.
The pupils were well prepared for their role play opportunity for the question and answer session and had come up with some creative names for their newspapers along with their questions for the special guest.
First team manager Colin Caton supported the media conference joined by former professional player Christian Roberts.
Bala Town manager Colin Caton said "Racism is not tolerated at our club and should not be tolerated in football or society, it's important to work with young people through education at events like this one to pass on key messages to ensure it improves in our society".
The young acting journalists posed some challenging questions at the "press conference" and were using the opportunity well to take notes for the production of their articles after the event back at school.
The best question asked was “Have you ever experienced racism and how did it make you feel”. They won the opportunity to be a mascot at a Bala Town FC game in the Welsh Premier League along with some merchandise from the club and a SRtRC goodie bag.
Maria Jones a teacher from Beuno Sant said "The workshop and event raised some important and sensitive issues in football and society and educates them about racism along which what is not acceptable and the reasons behind this, the pupils really enjoyed the day and will be taking home some key messages and are looking forward to writing their newspapers about the day".
The event at Bala Town has again this year continued to be a success passing on key messages to another generation in the area.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber said "The club have continued their fantastic support which is reflected in all the clubs throughout the Welsh Premier League towards the Campaign to enable us to host an event at all the clubs and educate young people across Wales."
We would like to thank Ruth Crump at Bala Town for helping to arrange the event and both schools for attending on the day along with manager Colin Caton.
We will be returning to Bala Town again for next seasons events as we continue to have close relationships with the clubs in Wales and expand on our work.
This event was funded by the FAW and the Big Lottery Wales.
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