SRtRC Wales ask the first black manager in the Welsh Premier League what motivates him to be Honorary Patron for the campaign
"I believe this opportunity will enable me to contribute, participate, positively Influence and learn which in turn will allow me to be an influential member of society whilst talking into account the needs of people of colour who experience racism within football and society."
Why are you an Honorary Patron for Show Racism the Red Card Wales?
"Racism is not as direct as it was in previous years and there is an underpinning racism which is hard to prove however certain organisations can give an inferior service or deny people their rights because of this.
Negative media publicity, stereotypical and bigotry views, and assumptions about criminal behaviour enhance assumptions however this situation is made worse when people from minority groups are underrepresented in positions of influence, often because of a lack of equal opportunities.
I believe this opportunity will enable me to contribute, participate, positively Influence and learn which in turn will allow me to be an influential member of society whilst talking into account the needs of people of colour who experience racism within football and society."
Do you believe racism is still an issue in sport and society?
"Racism is a visual dislike/hatred based purely on the colour of one’s skin, I am not naive enough to think that racism will ever be eradicated from sport or society, I am however optimistic that through education, discussion and personal feelings and thoughts, the roots of racism can be tackled in a sensitive manner where people will not be afraid to speak out and it will be everyone’s role/responsibility to comfortably challenge not just those who have direct experience."
Have you experienced or witnessed racism on or off the pitch?
"As a 45 year old black male residing within a predominantly white society and having been a professional footballer within the North East whilst the National Front were extreme and few people of colour resided , also being the first black footballer to represent Wales school boys the first black manager of the welsh Premier football League a father of six and four grandchildren of mixed black and welsh white origin , based on the above I have many experiences of racism on and off the pitch!"
What advice would you give to any young people experiencing Racism?
"From my experience young people who experience racism are often dammed if they report incidents as they question whether anyone will believe them or even ask themselves what is the point ,they may even be accused of using what people like to refer to as the “race card” however they are also damned if they do not report is as if accepted it will/could continue to happen on a regular daily basis which in turn could have a negative impact on their confidence, self worth, identity and long term emotional wellbeing.
Taking this into account my advice would be that they need strength, courage and confidence and if you have those attributes I would advise to share their experience with someone who they know, trust and believe in and who will not accept it and challenge alongside them or on their behalf if they did not have the confidence to do so themselves .
I would suggest the incident be reported to the appropriate authorities and also offer to advocate on their behalf if requested."
In football, who should be responsible for challenging racism on the pitch and in the terraces?
"The challenge of Racism is a role for everyone players/referees/managers/coaches /playing staff/ officials / governing bodies /authorities /organisations/ clubs/grounds.
Every individual within society have personal responsibility to challenge racism IF they believe it is wrong."