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#OnTheGround: SRtRC Wales & Newport County Academy

Show Racism the Red Card organised an educational workshop for Newport County Academy. The workshop was held at Rodney Parade and it brought together players ranging from under 8 to 18 years, coaches, and other members of the academy. The workshop was aimed at empowering players to tackle racism both on and off the football pitch and focused on becoming anti-racism, including teaching the participants how to recognize and respond effectively to racist incidents in football matches

The workshops did this by providing age-appropriate activities and creating a safe and inclusive space for open discussions and practical activities exploring strategies to challenge racist behaviour both on and off the pitch, creating a respectful and inclusive environment

within their team and the wider community.

During the workshop, the players participated in the UEFA Outrage activities series that gives players insights into the experiences of individuals who have faced racism this was followed up with an interview with one of their own club’s first-team players Omar Bogle, who had been targeted with racist abuse at a match against Gillingham earlier in the season where he discussed the impact the incident had on him during and after the game.

As a result of the workshop, the number of players who reported having a strong understanding of what racism is increased from 33% to 86%.

The workshops were made possible thanks to the funding provided by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), which demonstrated its commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity in football. The collaboration between Show Racism the Red Card and the FAW aimed to organize workshops for FAW academies and grassroots clubs, which showed a shared commitment to creating a football culture that is free from racism and discrimination.

 

“The education workshop aimed to equip the players with the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge racism wherever they encounter it both on and off the pitch. We feel this is an essential skill to ensuring that we eradicate racism in football and society”

Tom Knight – SRtRC Campaign Worker

If you would like more information on how you can have a workshop with your club contact tom@theredcardwales.org

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