Young people are joined by some very special guests at an educational event at the Reebok Stadium
Excellent event, well organised, well attended and with a great contribution from the children. Great to have Frank Sinclair, Efe Sodje, Amy Henniker, Natasha Frazer and Keeley Temple on the panel along with the star of the show, Fabrice Muamba.
Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association
Fabrice Muamba was the guest of honour at an educational event at Bolton Wanderers FC on 18th October. Young people from Turton School, Chorley New Road Primary and Pikes Lane Primary were delighted to welcome the former Bolton player who joined a star-studded panel for a question and answer session about racism.
Former Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba; Bolton ladies' players Amy Henniker and Natasha Frazer; ex-Chelsea FC defender Frank Sinclair; Bury FC's Efe Sodje; Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association, and Keeley Temple from Kick It Out were the panel speakers.
The young people asked insightful questions and were told about shocking racist incidents some of the players had experienced and how they dealt with it.
Muamba said: “Raising awareness of racism among young people is important — young people do look up to footballers.”
Frank Sinclair spoke about the importance of these events: “Nine out of ten children know that racism is wrong, and we are reaching out those who maybe don’t speak up, and tell those who suffer racism that they are not alone.”
The young people had taken part in a series of workshops over the full-day event; exploring themes of stereotyping with Show Racism the Red Card and learning about hate crime with Susan Connelly and her colleagues from Liverpool HMP. The young people were excited to explore the Reebok Stadium on a ground tour.
The young people were left inspired by the event, with Joseph Egerton from St Ethelbert's’s RC School commenting: “I think our generation can stop racism if we do something.”
Gordon Taylor said: "We have made progress. Football reflects the good things and the bad things of society, and in football we want the good things to outweigh the bad."
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the panel guests; Ben Laycock from the Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust; Phil Vasili and the team from Octagon Theatre Company and Susan Connelly and team