It all started 4 weeks ago meeting the team of seven at SRtRC Wales.
Ian Simpson, our Education Manager planned a diverse schedule for Lindsey and myself in the first few weeks with the aim of experiencing a range of workshops being delivered in tackling racism through sport by Team Wales.
The first workshop I observed was the Equality Training at Companies House delivered by Ian and quickly realised the vast amount of information and knowledge that go into these workshops. I then observed Steve and Chris delivering at secondary and primary schools. It was an inspiration to see the children so enthusiastic and eager to understand the history behind racism and implications on current issues.
The ‘Club Events’ were really enjoyable to observe, whereby the children have a full day at their regional club and get to meet and question their sporting heroes as did I at the Newport Gwent Dragons event with Aled Brew.
It was my turn to take centre stage at Lliswerry Comprehensive School, Newport. It was daunting to begin with as there is so much information to remember and it is so important that we feed the hungry young minds the right information. Testament to the support over the previous couple of week from the team here in Wales I had successfully completed my first delivery and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then I have delivered 5 sessions and 2 in Welsh.
My highlight was recapping on all the good work that the team have done at the Annual Review event. It was great to see the highly regarded support in the room from Ministers to sporting stars and their positive responses to Sunil’s gripping pitch. And a bonus to be on the winning side in the charity football match.
To summarize, I have thoroughly enjoyed every second with the team at SRtRC and as Chris says I am still “keen as custard.”