Scunthorpe United are hosting their Kick It Out day of action when we play Oldham Athletic this weekend.A number of activities have taken place in the build-up to matchday, as the club looks to raise awareness of racism in sport.
On Thursday, Iron stars Paddy Madden, Hakeeb Adelakun, Jordan Clarke and Gary McSheffrey attended a seminar at St Lawrence Academy - taking part in a question and answer session with Year 8 pupils. They held a discussion about Kick It Out, and the values the campaign is trying to promote, as well as their experiences in the professional game.
That concluded a range of activities held at the academy that day, involving pupils, Iron first team and youth team players. There were classes, seminars and group activities designed to help pupils gather an understanding of why the Kick It Out campaign is so important.
The reflections of the classes were that racism can be defined as: a red card, unjust, discrimination, wrong, judged by colour, unfair, horrible, vulgar, ignorant and vile.
The classes respect: originality, personality, difference, various beliefs, honesty, fairness, equality, loyalty and opinions.
Ahead of the game on Saturday, the Iron squad will wear Kick It Out t-shirts during their warm-up, while there will be messages read out over the public address system to help promote the message.
Kick It Out has contributed to making football a safer, more enjoyable and less intimidating place for those under-represented communities wishing to participate in the game in whatever capacity, at whatever level.
For more information about the Kick it Out campaign, visit http://www.kickitout.org/.
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