Educational event at the Memorial Stadium focused on tackling homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying and challenging racism
Over 60 young people from Parson Street Primary School visited Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium in November to take part in a range of educational workshops exploring the issue of discrimination.
The event was part of an ongoing series of 20 educational events with football clubs throughout England which provide an opportunity for young people to look specifically at the issue of homophobic, biphobic & transphobic bullying and their role in helping to prevent such behaviour in schools.
The young people took part in two educational workshops, the first of which explored HBT bullying and language; looking at sexual orientation and gender identity and the common-place use of language including the phrase “That’s so gay”.
They were asked to consider whether certain aspects of a person’s identity made them different and given the opportunity to reflect on the use of language which can form the basis of bullying.
The second educational session focused on the issue of racism and looked critically at opinions and stereotypes about individuals, groups and communities; encouraging the young people to reflect on the influences that help shape their world view and challenging them to consider the way in which certain people are treated.
Staff from the Bristol Rovers Community Trust also led tours of the Memorial Stadium taking in the changing rooms and the stands in a behind the scenes look at the club.
During the lunch break the young people watched Show Racism the Red Card’s educational film Homophobia; Let’s Tackle It, before some of the key learning from the morning sessions was recapped.
In order to help prepare questions for a special Q + A session, the young people then watched a screening of the SRtRC anti-racism education film, which explores aspects of identity including skin colour, nationality, religion and culture and discussed the history and impact of racism.
A number of special guests then formed a panel to answer questions from the young people of issues of HBT bullying and racism including former Wales international midfielder and Swansea City star Steve Jenkins who now delivers educational activities with SRtRC.
Also answering questions were Bristol Rovers FC goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and striker Nathan Blissett who took time out of their training schedule to help support the messages provided by the campaign through the educational activities.
The young people posed a range of highly thoughtful and insightful questions which generated some brilliant answers from the panel.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank everyone at Bristol Rovers FC and the Bristol Rovers Community Trust for their ongoing support, especial BRCT Head of Education Adam Tutton and Steve Hood in the media department.
Special thanks also go to Steve Mildenhall and Nathan Blissett for their participation and powerful messages about tackling discrimination.
Final thanks go to the young people from Parson Street Primary School who took part in the day with wonderful maturity.