The Lions build on their reputation for tackling racism by hosting event exploring the impacts of homophobia, biphobia & transphobia
Show Racism the Red Card’s Tackling HBT bullying project visited The Den at the end of February to deliver an educational event exploring homophobia, biphobia and transphobia for over 100 young people.
Pupils from a local schools federation visited Millwall FC’s famous stadium to take part in a range of educational activities designed to help develop the critical thinking skills required to reject prejudice and hatred.
Activities focused on tackling HBT bullying by exploring definitions and examples of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and exploring the impacts of bullying and homophobic language on the wellbeing of young people.
A second workshop also looked at other aspects of people’s identity; including skin colour, religion, nationality and culture, and the ways in which racism can occur as a result of prejudice & discrimination in these areas.
Millwall for All, Millwall FC’s award winning inclusion programme, also ran football fun sessions for young people which focused on participation and teamwork.
Following a lunch break, the school children benefitted from a screening of SRtRC’s anti-racism education film which features professional footballers and young people talking about their experiences of prejudice and discrimination and providing advice about what should people should do if they suffer from bullying.
The final part of the event provided young people with an opportunity to put their questions about homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, racism and bullying in general to a panel of special guests.
Millwall FC goalkeeper Jordan Archer and winger Carlos Edwards received rapturous applause as they arrive to share their experiences, and the players were joined by former professional footballer and SRtRC education worker Francis Duku. Also taking part in the panel session was Shaun Dellenty, deputy head teacher at Alfred Salter Primary and founder of Inclusion for All; an organisation which provides training to how to successfully tackle homophobia through education. Also on hand to provide advice was Lindsay England, founder of Just A Ball Game; an organisation which campaigns to tackle homophobia in football.
The Q + A session generated some incredibly thoughtful questions and some inspirational responses. The panel were given the difficult task of selecting their three favourite questions and prizes were awarded before the young people had the opportunity to get autographs from Jordan and Carlos.
SRtRC would like to thank everyone at Millwall FC and Millwall for All for their long-standing support for SRtRC, especially Mark Elliott.
Big thanks also go to Jordan Archer and Carlos Edwards for giving up their time to take part in the Q + A session, and to Shaun Dellenty of Inclusion for All and Lindsay England of Just A Ball Game for their support for this event and the entire SRtRC Tackling HBT Bullying project.
Final thanks go to all of the young people who took part in the activities throughout the day and discussed complex issues in such a thoughtful and mature way.