Brentford star is the Romaine man as Sawyers speaks to Twickenham pupils
‘Next 20’ ambassador Romaine Sawyers joined Kick It Out at St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School on Monday 28 November to help Year 6 students find out more about equality in football and society.
The students were welcomed in to the session by Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, as he spoke to them about the work of the organisation and how it aims to make football a fairer place for all.
Paul then challenged the young students on a number of topics including racism, sexism and homophobia. They were asked to consider certain scenarios which may happen in their lives and how they would react to discrimination.
Following an honest and open discussion, it was the turn of Romaine to take centre stage as he joined Paul. Romaine was then asked a number of probing questions, about his career as a footballer and how he has combatted racism and discrimination during his life.
The Brentford midfielder was also given the task of selecting his favourites from a Kick It Out art competition run by the school in the build-up to the session. After the prizes were handed out for Romaine’s favourites, he spoke about the importance of developing education around equality and diversity.
“It was a good session, and the more sessions we can do to help spread the messages of Kick It Out – the better!
“You could see that they had done their preparations prior to me and Paul coming in to speak to them, so they now have an understanding of equality and the work being done by Kick It Out, which will be vitally important as they get older.”
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