Canaries duo fly by for ‘Next 20’ event at Carrow Road
Norwich City stars Nathan Redmond and Andre Wisdom joined Kick It Out on Tuesday 15 December at Carrow Road in their roles as ‘Next 20’ ambassadors for the organisation.
Nathan and Andre were involved in a workshop based on discrimination and its affects alongside players from the Norwich City Futsal Scholarship Programme.
Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager delivered the workshop to the 16-18 year-olds in attendance.
Paul spoke to the players about issues surrounding race, gender and homophobia as the audience were invited to offer their thoughts on scenarios where incidents of discrimination may occur.
The Futsal players were challenged on the way they perceive difference amongst their team-mates and how their behaviour can affect people who they interact with in society. The topic of ‘Banter’ was also raised during the workshop, with Paul challenging the stereotypes displayed when discussing humour within the dressing room.
Nathan and Andre also gave their opinions on the topics discussed and how they are handled within the football environment.
The Norwich City duo were invited to the front of the room at the end of the workshop, where they were asked questions by the Futsal players on their careers as well as issues of discrimination in football.
After the session had concluded, both players spoke about their experience within the workshop and their roles as ‘Next 20’ ambassadors.
Nathan said: “It’s good to get opinions from the Futsal players about racism and discrimination and to also educate them about the work that is going on at Kick It Out.”
Andre added: “Young People are obviously active on social media where they may see things which they think are acceptable but actually aren’t, so they need to know the consequences of what they are saying and who it is aimed towards.
“It’s good to be part of the ‘Next 20’ because the message Kick It Out are getting across is very positive. If we as players can do more to help and try to influence a younger generation across society, not just in football, then that is something we want to be a part of.”