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We asked primary school children to take on our #NoRoomforRacism poster challenge ahead of October half-term, to show the world there’s no room for racism in football - or anywhere else.
Primary schools across the country rose to the challenge, sending in brilliant poster designs to support the initiative.
We asked Year 5 teacher Stacey Wilde from St James’ Church of England Primary School to tell us why her class took part.
Why did you encourage your class to get involved in the poster challenge?
The children didn’t need much encouragement to join in the Premier League Primary Stars No Room For Racism challenge as they were excited to support a cause they believe in. Children are familiar with the website and they are proud to have received Premier League Primary Stars football kit [as part of our PLPS Kit & Equipment Scheme] and this is further encouragement to ‘give something back.’
How important is a message like No Room For Racism?
As a class, we have been looking at racism and persecution through our study of Anne Frank and the children discussed the importance of never letting anything like the Holocaust happen again. We talked about racism in the UK today, including in sport.
Our school, in Ashton, is very diverse and children are supportive and kind to each other. They want to make sure that children grow up without racism so that they learn to judge people by their personality and deeds, not the colour of their skin.
How important is it for young people to see Premier League footballers encouraging conversation on diversity?
We have talked about Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford as positive role models. The children agree that they should use their fame to help change people’s opinions… remember: opinions can be changed, but facts cannot.
The children want their role models to speak up as they are admired by so many. They believe that they can make a difference but that they need support. The racist people are in the minority so if the rest of us challenge racism then hopefully we can stamp it out.
Ready to get your school involved?
1. Try out the discussion activities in our This is Everyone’s Game - Black Voices pack
2. Send in your #NoRoomForRacism posters!
3. Look out for more resources on diversity coming out this half-term.
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