Callum shows his skill to raise awareness of equality at local Academy
AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson was once again on duty in his role as a ‘Next 20’ ambassador, to spread messages of equality and inclusion on Tuesday 15 November at The Bishop of Winchester Academy.
Callum joined a number of selected students from across several year groups, as they participated in a workshop focusing on discrimination in football and society alongside AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust which was delivered by Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager.
Ahead of the workshop, the students had been asked to create a series of posters to help promote the message of Kick It Out and also promote an inclusive environment in football. Paul used this previous work to question the students what they had learned about discrimination.
Paul spoke on how certain characteristics can be treated differently in football and challenged the students to come up with ideas and solutions to achieve equality. Callum then spoke to the students about his experiences within the game before taking part in a Q&A session.
The Cherries striker then had to decide the winning entry from the poster competition, and after studying all the entries, he chose the winner, who won tickets to see Bournemouth play Leicester in the Premier League next month.
Speaking after the session, Callum was once again pleased to support Kick It Out at The Bishop of Winchester Academy.
“It’s been great to be here today and be involved in another session. I think Paul does a great job in not only getting Kick It Out’s message across for football but also allowing the students to think how their behaviour can affect people around them.
“I’m honoured to be one of the ‘Next 20’ and if I can do my bit to help achieve fairness in the game then I am more than happy to do so.”