No Room For Racism

Leeds stars see how League helps schools tackle racism

20 Oct 2022

Leeds United duo visit local school to see how PL Primary Stars promotes equality and diversity

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For Patrick Bamford, it is the current and future generations who hold the key to eradicating racism.

Along with team-mate Tyler Adams, the Leeds United forward visited Roundhay Primary School to take part in a No Room For Racism classroom workshop session to talk about discrimination and equality.

"To be honest, I was impressed actually, in terms of how much the kids have learnt already," Bamford said.

See: Bamford - Teaching young about diversity will work in long term

"Things have changed a lot since when I was younger, because we definitely didn't do things like this and it obviously shows the improvement that's been made.

"I think it will stand them in good stead and I've said a lot of times before that, when you start to see the changes, it will be a couple of generations down the line, because it is this age group that really are being targeted and will start making the change.

"So it's small steps but I think eventually further down the line, we'll see the big changes."

Online abuse

Adams, an American midfielder who signed from RB Leipzig in the summer, revealed that he too has had to deal with discrimination.

"Yeah, I have experienced racism online, unfortunately," he said. "Social media is a platform that allows people to share amazing moments, right? But sometimes there are certain people on it that use it for no good.

"Sometimes you will have people that don't even have a profile picture and are hiding behind a computer to share frustrations or emotions in a negative way so, unfortunately, I have."

Read: How to report abuse on social media

All Premier League matches between 8 and 16 October were dedicated to No Room For Racism, as the League and clubs highlighted their ongoing commitment to tackling discrimination and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Educational resources

The Premier League has created No Room For Racism educational resources, which can be downloaded for free by teachers and which are used by clubs running our community programmes and across the Academy Education and Player Care network.

The teaching materials have been downloaded by more than 5,750 primary school teachers, engaging more than 170,000 pupils covering topics such as the importance of diversity, allyship and tackling online hate.

Download: PL Primary Stars No Room For Racism resources

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