We visited the Liberty stadium for our club event with Premier League side Swansea City FC.
Young people from Bryn-y-mor and Blaenymaes Primary School attended the Stadium to take part in our event.
The work didn’t start at the event for the young people. Prior to the day the pupils had the task to research the topic of racism and the history of racism in sport and society. This was in preparation for the afternoons Role play press conference at the event.
The morning session kicked off with Education Worker Chris Stokes and Aimee Jones delivering a SRtRC Educational workshop to the pupils who took to opportunity to make some notes to add to their research.
The workshop focused on introducing the issue of racism along with challenging myths and stereotypes that exist in society. The last element of the workshop discussed terms with the young people, who explored which words are acceptable or not acceptable to use in society.
The afternoon session saw the pupils watch our educational DVD who received some key messages from their role models in football.
After the DVD it was time for the Role play press conference where the pupils took on the role of media journalists. Using all the research they had done previously along with additional information from the educational workshop & DVD, the pupils were ready with their questions to ask the panel that included former professional player Lee Trundle, Swans players Wayne Routledge & Rolland Lemah and Campaign Worker Jason Webber.
There were some challenging questions in the press conference and the best asked questions won a signed Swansea City shirt and a SRtRC goodie bag.
All the pupils will be using the lessons they have learnt along with the responses from the press conference to design and write their own newspaper article.
We would like to thank the club for hosting the event, the schools for attending the day, Lee, Wayne and Rolland for their support in the Role play press conference.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber said” It is important to have the support of the clubs and the professional players who are role models to young people. Today has offered them an opportunity to share their experiences and advice with the pupils. The young people have really enjoyed the event and will take home some key messages.”
The event was sponsored by the Big Lottery, the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government.
To view photos from the event click HERE
To view a video feature of the event courtesy of Swans in Focus & Premier League TV click HERE
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