Nottingham Trent University students discuss discrimination at Kick It Out workshop
Kick It Out visited Nottingham Trent University on Monday 22 February to speak to journalism students about the organisation’s messages of equality and inclusion.
Following on from a visit to the university in April 2015, Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out and Tom Taylor, Media and Communications Officer, were invited back to the Nottingham Trent as they spoke to students about the different aspects of the organisation’s work – spanning from the professional game through to grassroots level.
Hayley spoke about her role in the education sector of the organisation and how she helps spreads messages of equality and inclusion across schools, colleges and universities through a range of initiatives and events.
Communication was another key topic raised during the session as Tom discussed how Kick It Out responds to situations in the public domain and how the organisation’s work is promoted through social media.
Following the conclusion of the workshop, students stayed behind to ask the representatives from Kick It Out questions based around the session and the impact of discrimination in football.
Speaking afterwards, Hayley reflected on a positive workshop: “It was an enjoyable session speaking to journalism students at Nottingham Trent University.
“They had a real interest for the work Kick It Out does when it comes to issues surrounding equality within football. Following on from the session some of the students stayed behind to ask some intriguing and challenging questions.
“Our work with universities is particularly important as we are helping to develop understanding of our work amongst the next generation of future leaders, and it was fantastic to once again link up with Andrew and Nottingham Trent.”
Andrew James, Senior Lecturer on the Sports Journalism course at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Once again, Hayley and Tom delivered a fantastic session to almost 100 students on our BA Hons Journalism Degree.
“Although I personally have been aware of Kick it Out, since it began back in 1993 because of my work with Match of the Day and Final Score, I think it is really important that students see how current their work is affecting football.
“The interesting thing for me is that as the years roll by, we simply replace old examples of discrimination in football for newer ones – so the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand footage is now replaced by the Paris Metro incident last year for example.
“Sadly, that also highlights how important it is that Kick it Out ensure football does not become complacent – the next incident for next year’s students is probably only a few games away.”