The Potters provided the venue for the latest event to tackle homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying
The Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic & Transphobic Bullying (HBT Bullying) project visited the Britannia Stadium this week to deliver an anti bullying education event for over 60 young people from across Stoke on Trent.
Young people from two local schools, The Crescent Academy and Haywood Academy, visited the stadium to learn more about the issues of HBT Bullying and their role in helping to prevent it.
Workers from SRtRC lead two workshops, the first exploring Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia and the second focusing on the issue of racism. The young people were encouraged to think critically about the stereotypes that exist about certain groups and were asked to consider whether being different, or having different aspects of ones identity should lead to bullying and discrimination.
A team from the Stoke City Community Trust also lead the young people on a tour of the Britannia Stadium which took in visits to the changing rooms and time spent pitchside.
During the lunch break, the young people watched a screening of Homophobia; Let’s Tackle It – SRtRC’s anti-homophobia education film before recapping on some of the learning from the mornings’ workshops. Those present then watched SRtRC’s anti-racism education film in preparation for the afternoon’s Q + A session.
Stoke City FC first team centre back and German International Philipp Wollschied was on hand to answer questions on his experiences of racism and bullying and to share his thoughts on why people should be treated equally, irrespective of their skin colour, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The standard of the questions was exceptional and was typified by Treasure from The Crescent Academy who asked “If you were President, what steps would you take to stop racism and bullying?"
Prizes were awarded for the best questions of the day and the event closed with an autograph signing session.
SRtRC would like to thank Philipp Wollschied for giving up his time to take part in the event and provide a message of unity to the young people present.
Big thanks also go to everyone at Stoke City FC, especially Steve Hunt from the Stoke City Community Trust for his dedicated and ongoing support for the campaign.