Film: Allyship in football
Audio described with transcript
I learn from different people everyday, different cultures, people with different coloured-skin and it makes no difference.
My advice would be to stand strong, and be comfortable in yourself, and speak to whoever you need to speak to, whether that be your family members or your friends. And don't be afraid.
We're team-mates regardless of our skin colour and our ethnicity.
But, if anything was to happen, I know I have the backing of my team-mates, and likewise they have with me, in that respect, because it's a kind of family-type environment.
So, we're there for each other when we need to be.
You see our changing room, it's full of people from all over the world, but I think that's what makes us such a good changing room, in that we come from all over, but we are one as soon as we come into that changing room.
I think especially my team-mates, it's not necessarily being captain, it's more being a friend and knowing that they can come to me for anything they want.
And if something was to happen on a football pitch, outside of football, whatever that maybe, all the lads in that changing room know they can ring me straight away and we'll get it sorted.
And we'll sort out whatever is going on straight away. I think now, we all know that racism is there, and it's about not waiting for it to happen, it's making sure we do things before it happens, because it's important now that our eyes are all open to the matter and we're all trying to make change, but it's important we use our platform to make change.
Everything can help. Some people like a hug, other people just support or speaking or encouraging.
I think at that moment you just feel like you need some positivity, and you want to feel like you're in the comfort zone, or protected.
But other than that, I would say just try to say something and make it stop, and then just try to understand more about the situation.
It's so important that you create that bond.
When you're in that team environment you want to stick up for your mates and make sure your mates are feeling ok, and not going through any unneeded stresses.
It's important to ask your team-mates, to your right, to your left, “How are you?” because you don't always know what people are going through behind the scenes.
It's always important to talk, no matter how young you are, whether it's to your teachers, to your friends, to your manager, to your boss at work, to your parents, it's just vital to talk.
And there's so many people out there that will want to help.
I've good family members, my nan was a big role model for me, and even now I still stay in touch with one of my old school teachers, and I've got decisions I need to make I ring them, “what do you think of this?” I think it's just recognising who the good people are around you and actually keeping them tight and holding on to them, because the older you get you do realise that actually they've been a massive help and you'll need them even when you are an adult.
For this moment, black people needs everyone's help, and let's fight racism the way we try and fight the virus by coming together.