Forest host educational event for young people, examining racism and HBT Bullying
Nottingham Forest FC hosted an event for 60 young people from three local schools, Djangoly City Academy, Nottingham High School for Girls and Blue Bell Hill Primary School. The year 9 and year 5 pupils engaged in workshops that included activities designed to explore stereotypes and racism and Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying and the power of language.
The attendees also got the opportunity to take part in some football coaching courtesy of Nottingham Forest in the Community and have class photos taken next to the pitch at the famous City Ground.
The young people engaged well with the activities and contributed to some excellent discussions. This was put to good use in the afternoon when they had the opportunity to put questions about racism and HBT bullying to Nottingham Forest FC first team striker Britt Assombalonga.
Britt answered questions really well and was open and honest in his advice to young people to report discrimination when they encounter it or witness it. There were prizes for the favourite questions of the afternoon, including SRtRC Tackling HBT Bullying T-Shirts and mini footballs.
Thanks to Nottingham Forest young people were also able to take part in a short Q&A where there pre-submitted questions about anything at all were put to Britt. NFFC made a ball signed by the first team squad available as a prize for Britt’s favourite question.
Each young person left the event with a SRtRC goody bag and had the opportunity to pick up resources.
On the following Saturday, Forest designated their game against Huddersfield Town an anti-racism game. Players wore SRtRC T-Shirts and coaching staff including the manager Billy Davies wore the campaign’s badges to show their support for the campaign in this 20th Anniversary year.
SRtRC would like to thank Nottingham Forest FC for their ongoing support of the campaign and in particular Jordan Worthington, Richie Holmes and Ben White for their help in organising the event. We will look forward to the next visit to the City Ground.