We visited the Airfield for our event with Welsh Premier League team Airbus UK FC
Young people from St.Giles Primary School attended the Airfield Stadium to take part in our event with “The Wingmakers”
The work didn’t start at the event for the young people. Prior to the day the pupils had the task to research the topic of racism and the history of racism in sport and society. This was in preparation for the afternoons Role play press conference at the event.
The morning session kicked off with Education Worker Aimee Jones delivering a SRtRC Educational workshop to the pupils who took to opportunity to make some notes to add to their research.
The workshop focused on introducing the issue of racism along with challenging myths and stereotypes that exist in society. The last element of the workshop discussed terms with the young people, who explored which words are acceptable or not acceptable to use in society.
The afternoon session saw the pupils watch our educational DVD who received some key messages from their role models in football.
After the DVD it was time for the Role play press conference where the pupils took on the role of media journalists. Using all the research they had done previously along with additional information from the educational workshop & DVD, the pupils were ready with their questions to ask the panel that included Airbus UK FC manager Andy Preece, Goalkeeping coach Chris, first team player James and Campaign Worker Jason Webber.
There were some challenging questions in the press conference and the best asked question was awarded to Millie. She won the opportunity to be a mascot at the Airbus UK FC match against Welsh Premier League Champions The New Saints at the stadium on Saturday. Every pupil also received tickets to Saturdays match.
All the pupils will be using the lessons they have learnt along with the responses from the press conference to design and write their own newspaper article.
We would like to thank the club for hosting the event, the school for attending the day and Andy, Chris and James for their support in the Role play press conference.
The event was sponsored by the Big Lottery, the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government.
We interviewed Andy Preece after the event who shared his thoughts on racism in football along with his experience. To view the interview click HERE
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