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Striker joins No Room For Racism workshop at Rabbsfarm Primary School in West Drayton

Ivan Toney joined our Premier League anti-discrimination workshop to discuss equality and discrimination. The Brentford striker visited Rabbsfarm Primary School in West Drayton to take part in a No Room For Racism session to talk about his career and dealing with discrimination. Over the past year, we have delivered over 40 workshops across schools in our local area, engaging with over 1300 participants. The sessions were delivered by our team of qualified coaches, together with Marcus Gayle, Club Ambassador and Salma Mahamud, Brentford FC Women’s player, who have inspired thousands of participants and encouraged Equality, Diversity and Inclusion focused discussions.

PL Primary Stars visit to Rabbsfarm Primary School, Gordon Road, Yiewsley, West Drayton, UB7 8AH with appearance from Ivan Toney current player at Brentford FC session taken by Marcus Gayle and Salma Mahamud 29APR22 – Copyright Phil Greig / greigphoto 2022

“As footballers, you have a duty to be coming across a certain way, to people that look up to you,” he said. “And I feel like, here today, giving them some information on how to deal with certain things is key for them, as they’re growing up. Whether they become a footballer or whatever they become.

“The amount of people that watch the Premier League and are involved in football, if they see certain things and hear certain things, it’s just going to echo and more people are going to know about it. So, hopefully, it’s an important talking point that is going the right way to stop things like discrimination.”

Ivan’s visit took place just weeks before an incident which took place at yesterday’s Premier League game away at Everton where his mum and Rico Henry’s mum were both subjected to racist abuse.

The Premier League has worked with clubs to create No Room For Racism educational resources, which are used by our national 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.

“The sessions help the children to understand, respect, and actually appreciate each other’s differences,” said Natasha Smith, Rabbsfarm Primary deputy head. “It means that they are more compassionate, more empathetic towards one another.

“One of the things we have noticed the most is that they can recognise when something in the world is unjust or unfair and that they actually have the power to do something about it.”

Download: PL Primary Stars No Room For Racism resources

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