Harry Maguire steps into 'Next 20' role at Kick It Out workshop
Hull City defender Harry Maguire helped Kick It Out in his role as a ‘Next 20’ ambassador on Thursday 10 December for a workshop based on discrimination delivered to local students.
Harry, one of the organisation’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors, joined Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, as he spoke to 30 Year Eight students at St.Mary’s College in Hull about racism, sexism and homophobia.
The students were invited to offer their thoughts and opinions on a number of challenging issues, including how they perceive difference and how that affects behaviour towards others.
Harry was then invited to the front of the class as the Tigers star was asked a number of questions on discrimination and its effects on football. Speaking after the session had concluded, he spoke of his enjoyment at being part of the event.
“It was the first time I have been in an education session with Kick It Out and it was very interesting. I certainly learned a lot during the time with Paul.
“I believe that a lot of people don’t necessarily have the education on the issues of discrimination and that is what the organisation is for, so people can know what is right and what is wrong.
“I’m a big believer in Kick It Out and I was very honoured to be chosen as a ‘Next 20’ ambassador because there are a lot of good young players out there who set the right example.”
Paul reflected on a positive session with Harry and the students of St.Mary’s.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with the Year Eights at St.Mary’s College.
“While the students were quiet and timid initially, they eventually became more comfortable with the topics discussed. Harry also helped as he contributed his own thoughts along the way.
“It was great to get Harry along to one of our sessions and I think he learned a lot in the session. The ‘Next 20’ initiative is about seeing the players develop on and off the field and help spread Kick It Out’s messages of equality and inclusion.”