We delivered a workshop with participants on the Level 1 coaching qualification at the Liberty Stadium
The latest participants of a highly innovative partnership between SRtRC and Swansea City have been put through their paces this week at the Liberty Stadium.
The 12 aspiring coaches were part of the on-going “NEETS” (Not in Education or Employment) project run by Swansea City FC Football in the Community department funded by the Prince’s Trust.
The participants are currently being trained towards achieving their FAW Level 1 football coaching qualification and will be certified to coach at junior league level in Wales working with young people.
The workshop educates the group firstly about what racism is and then the forms of racism that exist in society. This will help the newly qualified coaches to identify any incidents of racism during their coaching careers.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber said: “This was our second workshop at Swansea City FC and the group were all really engaged with the topic, they saw the benefits of the educational opportunity to prepare them in the coaching environment at grassroots level where we are continually hearing of incidents occurring.
"These coaches are often the first to be aware of issues and need to identify and deal with situations as they occur. It is vital they know how to report racism so something can be done to stamp it out.”
During the day participants examined examples of real life incidents from the stands and pitches of proffesional clubs across the UK. After a discussion, guidance was provided on how to deal with these incidents and the correct way to report them.
One of the participants said: "With racism in the limelight in the Premier League and with it still being an issue at grassroots level the workshop enabled me to understand the issues.The day also let me know what I can do to deal with the issues if I experience them as a new coach. It also underlined for me the importance of reporting it .”
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