Burton Albion and Derby County unite to promote inclusion at Pingle Academy
Championship clubs Burton Albion and Derby County teamed up to host a series of workshops at Pingle Academy on Tuesday 13 February, as they promoted the messages of Kick It Out.
Ahead of Burton’s dedicated Kick It Out fixture against Nottingham Forest on 17 February, both clubs partnered together for a series of fascinating and insightful workshops that were delivered to a broad range of students at Pingle, which highlighted the themes of equality, inclusion and cohesion.
The highlight of the event saw former Derby defender Michael Johnson and Burton legend Aaron Webster speak to the students about their experiences of discrimination in the game. Both shared stories of how they had grown up in an era when black players were under-represented in football and how the culture of the sport has changed to become more inclusive for people from all backgrounds.
Shortly after Michael and Aaron had concluded their part of the session, current Burton players Martin Samuelsen and Jamie Allen were brought forward to speak to the audience. The students were then able to get autographs with the current Burton stars alongside club mascots Billy Brewer (Burton) and Rammie (Derby).
Speaking to the Burton website, John Widdowson, Health and Inclusion Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “It was a fantastic day and it couldn’t have gone any better really. The players, ambassadors, mascots and coaches from both sets of clubs were great representatives for the campaign and engaged with the youngsters brilliantly.
“A big thank you must also go to the school for helping to organise the event and the pupils were a privilege to work with. Some fantastic messages were passed on throughout the day and we just hope now that the youngsters in the audience will take it on board and use them in a positive manner for the rest of their lives.”