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Coady: Teaching kids about racism can help fight it

28 Mar 2021

Wolves captain urges us all to educate young people about discrimination

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As captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Conor Coady leads players from a variety of cultures and backgrounds on the pitch.

At home, Coady has a different leadership role as a father of three young children. 

It is there that Coady sees it as his duty to educate his kids about racism.

"We're all realising how important issues like racism and online abuse are becoming for people growing up," he says.

"My children are very young but it's important we educate this next generation of people because we don't want our children going through these same things when they are older.

"We all know racism is there and it's about not waiting for it to happen but making sure we do things before it happens."

'Don't bottle things up'

Coady is among the Premier League players who star in learning resources for the PL's ongoing No Room For Racism initiative which are available for more than 18,000 schools as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Resources are also available to young people on the Premier League Kicks and Premier League Inspires programmes.

See: PL Primary Stars: This is Everyone's Game - Black Voices

One message he wants to convey is how crucial it is to speak to someone you trust if you experience or witness racism.

"As soon it happens, tell someone, straightaway," he says. "It's important you report it, tell your parents or friends, people who can make things happen.

"Because if you're sat in your bedroom at home, you start bottling it up and it becomes so much worse.

"I could never imagine my children seeing something like that and not telling me, I'd be absolutely devastated."

Reporting abuse

The Premier League's online abuse reporting system is helping players, managers and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. Each case is rapidly reviewed, reported to the relevant social media company and investigated. Where appropriate, legal action is taken. 

The League and clubs are also encouraging fans to play their part in the fight against racism by reporting it whenever they encounter it.

See: How to report racism

In January, the Premier League launched its No Room For Racism Action Plan, outlining a series of commitments aimed at creating greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, and actions to eradicate racial prejudice.

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