Premier League, Community
Lydia pushes for Zero Tolerance
This October, we held another round of Nottingham Forest Official Soccer Schools across the county. As per usual, we hosted our girls only sessions at The Forest Sports Zone which has seen continued demand, especially since the Lionesses brought football back home by winning the Euros.
9-year-old Lydia joined our girls only soccer school we were thrilled to see her wearing the latest garibaldi strip! Not only that, but her choice of customisation was also outstanding as she proudly wore ‘0 tolerance’ on the back of her shirt.
With October being Black History Month and also the point in the season where the Premier League focuses on its No Room For Racism campaign, Lydia’s attendance couldn’t have been more perfectly timed.
No Room For Racism is a Premier League campaign which tackles and challenges racism in football and communities. An annual feature across Premier League funded programmes, the campaign encourages participants to talk, learn and educate each other on the topic of racism and culture.
Through No Room For Racism, the Premier League and its clubs, including NFFC, work with fans, the FA, EFL, PFA, Kick It Out and the police to tackle racism on and off the pitch, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of football.
We asked Lydia to tell us about the shirt and she said, “There should be zero tolerance of any form of racism in football and sport. I have cousins and close friends of different races and I want little girls like me and my friends to be inspired to play football and by wearing this shirt I think it can happen.”
Lydia continued, “I’m a big Forest fan and I am glad that the team supports No Room For Racism and I am glad that I can come down to the sessions and help spread that message.”
Lydia’s dad said, ” Because we have black family members, she has become aware of the discrimination that they face. I took her to the club shop this season to buy her a Forest shirt and Lydia asked if she could have zero tolerance on the back which I was more than happy to purchase.”