The workshop, delivered by Kick It Out’s mentoring and leadership project manager Troy Townsend, utilises the passion there is for football to convey key messaging about equality and inclusion to young people in the local community. The overall aim is to ensure that all communities are embraced by football and opportunities in the game are widely available to everyone.
Designed as an education programme, students at Northumberland Park School learned about three of the most common areas of discrimination: racism, sexism and disability; as well as being given an overview of the history of Kick It Out and the campaign’s achievements to date. During the Q&A session, students were invited to put their questions to Younes, where he talked about the importance of inclusion and equality in football.
The defender said: “It’s important that the equality and inclusion message is taught to young people in our community, as these are the ones who will grow up supporting Kick It Out and help to eliminate discrimination of any kind within the game in the future.”
Troy Townsend, mentoring and leadership project manager at Kick It Out, said: “Educating the next generation is such a key aspect of our work. We deliver workshops addressing issues of discrimination, and promoting the importance of equality and diversity, across the country. We see an instant impact in the way young people respond to the sessions and the level of engagement they show is greatly encouraging for our future.”
Jenny Bailey, community partnerships and primary liaison at Northumberland Park School, said: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed today. Having two well-known faces deliver the workshop really helps to drive home the message that discrimination is unacceptable both in school and out. Living in such a diverse community like Tottenham it’s crucial that we make time to ensure our students recognise this.”