We visited Newport County for our educational club event.
Young people from Lliswerry Primary and Maindee Primary School attended Rodney Parade to take part in our educational event.
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 afternoon's Role play press conference at the event.
The morning session kicked off with Education Workers Christian Roberts and Steve Jenkins delivering a SRtRC Educational workshop to the pupils who took the 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 former professional players Sean Wharton, Steve Jenkins and Christian Roberts.
There were some challenging questions in the press conference and the best asked questions won a Newport County match tickets along with a SRtRC goodie bag.
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.
Pupils that write the best articles will have the opportunity to receive a prize at our School Competition awards ceremony in May.
Zak Al-Mamun, aged 9, from Maindee Primary School, said: “I’ve learnt a lot today. I asked a question to the panel about how much racism goes on in sport, but they said it was difficult to measure exactly how much. “What I’ve learnt from today is not to judge people by their appearance.”
Newport County will also be showing their support for the campaign prior to their match on Saturday against Accrington Stanley as part of the Fortnight of Action 2014.
We would like to thank the club for hosting the event, the schools for attending the day and Sean for their support in the Role play press conference.
The event was covered by the South Wales Argus to view the article click HERE
The event was sponsored by the Big Lottery, the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government.
To view photos from the event click HERE
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