Swansea City take action on racism in the community
By the end of October Swansea City and Swansea City AFC Foundation will have engaged more than 1,150 children and young people in racial equality workshops and educational programmes.
The Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Inspires schemes have worked with school children, while the Premier League Kicks and Premier League Kicks Targeted projects have focused on communities.
The projects have included a No Room for Racism workshop on allyship, hosting youth summits to give young people a chance to discuss discrimination they face and overcome it, and hate crime awareness workshops.
More recently the club and Foundation have linked up with the groundbreaking The World Reimagined Project to create an invaluable workshop using art and football to engage teenagers in open and honest discussions about race.
Senior players Joel Latibeaudiere and Ryan Manning, as well as Swansea City Under-21 defender Tivonge Rushesha, have all shown their support for the Foundation’s work by joining workshops this season.
Graham Smith, equality, diversity and inclusion lead at Swansea City AFC Foundation, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to work with so many young people and children across the city on such an important topic.
“Using Swansea City AFC as a force for positive change within our communities, we’ve been finding new ways to deliver projects and workshops which are engaging and valuable to the community.
“The support of the players has been great as it shows how much this topic means to them and helps us reach so many more people.
“By the end of the season, we expect to have engaged more people in the community with racial equality workshops than ever before.”
Today (Friday, October 21) marks Wear Red Day and staff across the club are taking part in the campaign to show support and raise awareness of the work of Show Racism the Red Card.