Tyler Blackett promotes Reading’s dedicated fixture with Kick It Out workshop
Reading defender Tyler Blackett joined Kick It Out for an education workshop on Thursday 24 November at The Coley Park Community Centre ahead of the Royals’ dedicated fixture against Bristol City.
Tyler joined Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, as a number of young people from the local area surrounding Coley Park learned more about the work of the organisation.
Hayley began by discussing the meaning of equality with the young people and how this is integrated into Kick It Out’s work across football. This was followed by a discussion around the young people’s thoughts of equality and the potential consequences of discrimination they or others may face in society.
It was then the turn of Tyler to engage with the young people as he spoke on several subjects including his career in football.
As the session came to a close, Tyler was asked a series of questions by the young people in attendance on what it was like to be a footballer and how he would combat discrimination in the sport.
Afterwards, Tyler gave his thoughts on being involved in the workshop.
“I know people who are the same age as the young people in attendance tonight, and it’s really important to be involved in this session with Kick It Out.
“For me personally, this has been great because these are events I like to be involved in. Hopefully by sharing these messages of equality, I can set the example for these guys to look up to and achieve.”
Hayley was pleased with how the session went ahead of Reading’s dedicated game:
“It was great to come and speak to the young people involved with the Coley Park Community Centre alongside Tyler and Reading Football Club.
“Ahead of their dedicated game to Kick It Out, it was important that the club show that they are open and inclusive to all members of their local community and I think through the workshop they showed their commitment to delivering these key messages.”