Jason Lee joins NFFC players on panel at anti-discrimination workshop

We recently hosted our first Collapsed Curriculum Day since the start of the pandemic at the City Ground which focused on anti-discrimination and racism as part of Black History Month.

Collapsed Curriculum Days involve school pupils attending sessions away from their usual timetable and are designed to provide children with enriched learning through a number of activities by exploring different themes and topics.

The event saw two of our partner Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) schools – Mansfield Primary Academy & Sutton Road Primary join us along with some special guests in The Robin Hood Suite.

The agenda for the day was split into two sessions, with the morning focusing on a Black History Month workshop and, after lunch, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ (SRTRC) delivered a workshop about anti-discrimination.

As part of the morning sessions, pupils discussed and investigated the stories of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks which resulted in the children creating posters encouraging inclusivity and togetherness.

In the afternoon SRTRC delivered an inspiring and thought-provoking anti-discrimination workshop which gave the pupils the opportunity to understand what discrimination is and how it can affect individuals.

Toward the end of the session, the Key Stage 2 pupils were given the opportunity the ask questions to a panel of familiar Nottingham Forest faces. The panel included, former Nottingham Forest striker and Equalities Education Executive for the PFA, Jason Lee, along with Will Swan and Alex Gibson-Hammond from the U23s squad and Naomi Powell from Nottingham Forest Women’s team. The 4 individuals answered questions from pupils which focusing on racism and discrimination in football and allowed them to relay any direct, or indirect experiences of discrimination during their time in football – on and off the pitch.

We spoke to Tom Norton, Programmes Coordinator, who said ‘’It was brilliant to have pupils back at the City Ground for one of our events. It has been nearly 2 years since we hosted one, and we know the amazing impact inviting pupils to The City Ground can offer.

Tom continued, “Sessions like this provide children with real life examples and we believe that this can embellish their learning much more than reading from a textbook”

Ellie Byrne, class Teacher and PE Lead at Sutton Road Primary added, “It was a brilliant day and our children loved it. They were very excited telling their teachers and parents all about it when we got back. It was great to see their smiles.”

If you would like to find out more about our Premier League Primary Stars programme, email tom.norton@nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Jason Lee joins NFFC players on panel at anti-discrimination workshop

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