Neath Port Talbot Youth Exchange

On Thursday 16th August, Education Worker Chris Stokes and Retired Footballer Christian Roberts, visited Margam Park in Neath to deliver a specialised workshop to a multilateral Youth Exchange that brought together 28 young people from Germany, France, Slovenia, Poland and Wales.

The eight day event engages young people through the theme of sport and uses the Olympic Games of 2012 as a backdrop to the project.

Through a range of sporting activity, the Youth Exchange promotes health and well-being; encourages young people to be more active as well as understanding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The young people aged between 16 and 22-years-old worked in teams and participated in a series of alternative Olympic Games style events. These included sports, team games, mental challenges and outdoor pursuits.

Additionally, the participants explored each other's culture, country, heritage and language through workshops and fun activities, including a Eurovision Song Contest, a Language Exchange workshop, Country Presentations and an Organised Debate on the issues facing young people in their respective countries.

The two hour workshop concentrated on the whats, whys and effects that racism has on children from different backgrounds and cultures.

The group discussion was a huge success and listening to young people’s views on different countries was a huge eye opener for everyone.

From this discussion a lot of the stereotypes were stamped out by the young people who were very keen to set the record straight on the myths that surround their home nation.

We would like to thank the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Youth Service for inviting Show Racism the Red Card to such a rewarding event .

We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with such a hard working local authority.