The series of free educational events for young people has been hosted by only twenty football clubs in England of which Bristol Rovers are very proud to be part of.
Activities at the events have helped young people to explore stereotypes, evaluate language and terminology and reflect on prejudice. A question and answer session, with young people putting their questions about to discrimination to panel of role models, including Steve Mildenhall and Nathan Blisett took place in the afternoon.
James Kingett, Campaign Worker said “SRtRC has worked with Bristol Rovers FC & the Bristol Rovers Community Trust for a number of years now. They have hosted educational events annually to help young people understand the issue of racism.
“It’s brilliant that the club are supporting this new project and have been so enthusiastic about the potential impacts. We hope this will be a memorable experience for the young people. In addition to asking their questions to special guests, the young people will also take part in workshops that examine HBT Bullying and racism and see a screening of two of the campaign’s films covering the issues.”
Speaking about their involvement, Head of Education at Bristol Rovers Community Trust Adam Tutton said “The anti-racism events we have run together with SRtRC have been really valuable and successful events which spread a very important message”.
“We are delighted to be part of this new project and to be providing an opportunity for young people from Bristol to learn more about how discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity affects people, and find out what they can do to help prevent it.”
The Tackling HBT Bullying project has also featured free Teacher Training events at four locations in England and a film competition for young people to send in their work about HBT Bullying.
Stonewall research in 2014 revealed almost nine in ten secondary school teachers (86%) and almost half (45%) of primary school teachers said pupils in their school, regardless of sexual orientation, have experienced homophobic bullying.
Announcing the fund in March of this year, then Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson said “It’s good news that schools are making progress on homophobic bullying, but it must be eradicated entirely. The trauma of being bullied at school can stay with you for life, and it is absolutely unacceptable that those who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are being targeted.
“Teachers need specialist support and training to help them stamp out homophobic bullying, which is why we have funded these excellent projects which are designed to tackle this issue head on.”
Thanks go out to Parson Street Primary school for their fantastic behaviour and excellent engagement with the event throughout the day.