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Humphrey: We can all stand up and be an ally

10 Jun 2021

Time is running out for children to get involved in the Premier League Draw Together Challenge

Jake Humphrey has interviewed many famous people in his role as a TV presenter and journalist.

But when it comes to inspirational words, he looks no further than Dr Martin Luther King to encourage schoolchildren to get involved in the Premier League's Draw Together Challenge.

Primary school children have until Friday to enter the Draw Together Challenge, which asks youngsters to draw or paint a picture on the theme of allyship, empowering them to help challenge discriminatory behaviour wherever they see it.

"The amazing Martin Luther King said, 'In the end, we won't remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends'," Humphrey said.

"What he's talking about is the importance of being an ally. Being an ally means seeing someone else being discriminated against, seeing people being cruel to someone and you saying, 'I'm not going to accept that. I'm going to speak up. I'm going to stand alongside them.'

"Sometimes being an ally can actually be really scary but it's so important. We would love you to get in touch and be an ally."

See: Premier League Draw Together Challenge

The Draw Together Challenge is part of the Premier League's No Room For Racism initiative and is available through Premier League Primary Stars.

The challenge runs until Friday 11 June 2021.

Teachers can submit artwork on behalf of their class at Key Stage 1 (five to seven-year-olds) or as individual submissions for Key Stage 2 pupils (seven to 11-year-olds) via the online teacher form on the PL Primary Stars website.

All schools who submit entries before the deadline will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to receive Premier League goodies.

One lucky entrant will get the chance for their school to receive a special visit from the Premier League Trophy.

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