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Aina: Diversity was important in my upbringing

6 May 2021
Ola Aina, Fulham, No Room For Racism

Fulham defender encourages schoolchildren to take part in Premier League Draw Together challenge

Experiencing diversity and different cultures played an important part in the upbringing of Ola Aina, and the Fulham defender is keen for the next generation to have the same.

As part of the Premier League Draw Together challenge, Aina is encouraging schoolchildren to draw or paint a picture on the theme of allyship, detailing the positive action they will take to help challenge discriminatory behaviour.

"I grew up in a very diverse area and I got to understand different cultures, different languages, different people, so I think it's very important for the youth to have a diverse upbringing," the south London-born Aina says.

"That's very important because we're all equal in this world, and it's something that, in today's society, it needs to be helped and it needs to be pushed in the right way."

The Premier League Draw Together challenge is the latest free downloadable activity created to support the Premier League's No Room For Racism initiative.

It is available through Premier League Primary Stars, the League's curriculum-linked education programme, which uses the appeal of football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

The Premier League Primary Stars website contains free downloadable teaching resources encouraging classroom discussion on diversity, inclusion and racism.

It also includes interviews with players including Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Tyler Roberts who discuss their own experiences of discrimination and the importance of allyship.

See: PL Primary Stars No Room for Racism video pack

The education of fans and young people is just one of the ways in which the League is tackling discrimination as part of its No Room For Racism Action Plan.

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