MK man Daniel makes his mark during 'Next 20' workshop
Milton Keynes Dons star Daniel Powell visited St.Monica’s Catholic Primary School on Wednesday (25 November) as he represented Kick It Out in his role as one of the organisation’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors.
Daniel joined Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, as Paul delivered a workshop on discrimination and its impact across football and society to the Year Six students.
Paul began by talking about race and asking the students for their own thoughts on the subject of how they perceive differences in skin colour.
In an open and honest debate, the students were also encouraged to offer their opinions on sexism, homophobia and disability.
Following the conclusion of the workshop, Daniel was invited to the front of the class where he faced questions from the students on how racism has affected him as well as his career at MK Dons.
Daniel spoke after the session about the event and his thoughts on being part of the ‘Next 20’:
“These workshops are very useful and I wish they were around when I was growing up at school. Everytime I come to these events I’m learning just as much as the children.
“It’s an honour to represent Kick It Out as one of their ‘Next 20’ ambassadors. They are such an important organisation, providing the next generation of children with the right information to try and eradicate discrimination.
Paul also reflected on the session with Daniel and the students from St.Monica’s.
“I thought the event with Daniel was absolutely brilliant.
“The children were fantastic as they were quite open in discussing some of the issues I raised during the workshop. They had articulated opinions which helped develop the workshop as it progressed.
“It’s always important that our ambassadors also contribute to an event, and Daniel was very good in providing his own thoughts to the children as a professional footballer on discrimination and how it should be combatted.”