Wes Foderingham stops by Drove Primary School for 'Next 20' workshop
Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham visited Drove Primary School in Swindon to help year six students learn about inclusion in his role as one of Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors.
The Robins stopper joined Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, for an anti-discrimination workshop inside the main hall of Drove Primary.
Paul spoke to the children about understanding skin colour and how to respect people who may be different to them in their school and across society. Inside the hall, 90 year six students listened intently to Kick It Out messages of equality and inclusion.
Wes was then asked to join Paul at the front of the hall with Swindon’s number one being put in the hot seat as he answered questions from the students on discrimination in football.
The students from Drove asked a series of engaging questions, including whether Wes had ever been the victim of racism in football, how he would report any incidents of discrimination during a match, and his role for Kick It Out.
After the event had concluded, Wes spoke of his pleasure at once again being on ‘Next 20’ duty for the organisation.
“The event went well. At the start of the workshop, the kids were a bit nervous but by the end of them asking me questions they all had their hands up which was good to see. It was probably one of the most challenging question and answer sessions I’ve had!
“For me its good to come out of my comfort zone and being a ‘Next 20’ ambassador is part of that, challenging myself and I’m pleased that I’ve done it and got involved. Plus as much as I am trying to educate the kids, I am learning as well.”
Paul was thrilled with how the workshop went at Drove.
“It was a great session at Drove. What made it so special was that the young people were really engaging and seemed to take a lot of the messages on board about being aware of difference and embracing it in their lives.
“They asked some fantastic questions to Wes and he answered them brilliantly. He’s a bright lad who has got a big future in the game and it’s great that he’s one of our ‘Next 20’ ambassadors.”