Bolton Wanders FC host educational event to tackle racism & HBT bullying

The event, delivered in partnership with the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, aimed at reducing homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying and racism in schools


Bolton Wanderers FC hosted the latest in a series of educational events aimed at tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. 

The event was part of a programme funded by the Department for Education and the Government Equality Office and seeks to tackle high levels of HBT bullying in schools as evidence by a 2014 survey conducted by campaign group Stonewall. 

Over 70 students from two local schools – Thornleigh Salesian College and St Marys arrived at the Macron Stadium to take part in a carousel of workshops and activities lead by staff from Show Racism the Red Card and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust. 

The year six, seven & eight pupils were part of an anti racism workshop which challenged them to explore stereotypes and discrimination against particular groups of people. 

They also took part in a workshop to tackle homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying which looked at issues of identity, sexual orientation, gender stereotypes and freedom of speech. The young people were asked to consider the use of the phrase ‘that’s so gay’ and the way in which sexual orientation can be used as a means of bullying someone. 

The participants were also given a tour of the Macron Stadium by members of staff from the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust which was really well received, despite the weather!

Following screenings of SRtRC’s Homophobia; Lets Tackle It and anti-racism education films, the young people had the opportunity to put their questions about the issues discussed on the day to a panel of special guests. 

Representing the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust was its Head and Club Chaplin Phil Mason, who was joined by former professional footballer and Wanderers local hero Tony Kelly. Also on the panel were SRtRC patron and Liverpool FC’s first ever black player Howard Gayle and SRtRC patron and former Chelsea FC defender Frank Sinclair. The special guests of the afternoon were Bolton Wanderers player Prince Desire Goarno and Quaide Taylor. 

The calibre of the questions was exceptional; demonstrating the learning from the day and the impact of the event. The panel’s favourite questions included ‘If your partner confided in you that they were Trans, how would you react?’ from Jessica at St Marys, ‘What would happen if your best player racially abused another player? Would they still get into trouble?’ from Nasma of Thornleigh College, and ‘Have you ever seen anyone being bullied because they do not conform to gender stereotypes?' which was asked by Cameron, also of Thornleigh.

A gallery of images from SRtRC’s tackling Homophobic, Biphobic & Transphobic bullying event with Bolton Wanderers FC can be viewed here. 

The event finished with an autograph signing session which was a great way to conclude a fantastic day. Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of the young people who were involved and their teachers for helping provide them with the opportunity to discuss these important issues. 

Thanks also go to Bolton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust for their continued support for SRtRC and to all of the current and ex professionals who gave up their time to take part in a brilliant Q & A session.