Great Yarmouth students learn about discrimination with help from 'Next 20' star Nathan Redmond
Norwich City and England Under-21s midfielder Nathan Redmond visited Great Yarmouth High School on Thursday 5 February to help a selected group of year 10 students understand the work of Kick It Out in an anti-discrimination workshop.
Nathan, who is a part of the organisation’s ‘Next 20’ initiative, visited the school in Norfolk alongside Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, who delivered the workshop to the pupils at Great Yarmouth High.
The workshop, in which Nathan sat in alongside the students, saw Paul challenge perceptions on racism and gender equality in both a societal and football context. Paul also explained to the youngsters how to report any discrimination they encounter before handing over to the Canaries winger for a Q&A session led by the pupils.
The year 10 class asked Nathan a number of probing questions about his role as a ‘Next 20’ ambassador, his experiences as a professional footballer and how he has dealt with any incidents of discrimination within the game. This was Nathan’s first ‘Next 20’ event for Kick It Out, and he spoke afterwards of the importance of his position as an ambassador.
“It was good to get going as a ‘Next 20’ ambassador and do some work with Paul at first hand coming in to Great Yarmouth High School to do the workshop with the students and tell them about what Kick It Out do and also what racism and discrimination is,” said Nathan. “The session really broke down the bits and bobs of what Kick It Out’s work involves and hopefully the students left here with more knowledge with what they came in with”
Paul was impressed with how Nathan performed on his debut in his ambassadorial role. “The session at Great Yarmouth High was excellent and I was delighted with how Nathan contributed to it,” he said. “The ‘Next 20’ is all about getting our message across to the future generations through events like here at Great Yarmouth High School.
“It allows schoolchildren to see their role models discuss the important issue of tackling discrimination in the game and greater society. Nathan really got through to the pupils in the session today with his insights as a footballer who has witnessed and suffered discrimination whilst playing football and its important that he is a part of the ‘Next 20’.”
To find out more about the ‘Next 20’ click here.