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Anti-racist education

Why education and football?

Sports can be a reflection of what is occurring in society, football is a worldwide sport that impacts upon millions-professional footballers can become role models to young people and for fanatical supporters the rise and fall of their football team becomes part of their lives and their families’ lives. Unfortunately, it is also used as an arena to display racism. For this very reason it is important to educate people both on and off the pitch.


Arthur Wharton and Walter Tull, Pioneering Black Footballers Workbook
AW WT pioneering Black footballers workbook master (2).doc (2.03Mb)
Bullying Around Racism, Religion and Culture
6562-DfES-Bullying.pdf (1.69Mb)
It's Your Call: Conflict Resolution Education Pack
Its your Call aw.pdf (1.18Mb)
Muslim Pioneers, Past and Present
Muslim Pioneers booklet.pdf (0.68Mb)
Pioneers, Past Masters and Future Challenges: Ideas for Educational Activities: 2008/09 edition
Pioneers PDF 2008.pdf (0.94Mb)

Football Unites, Racism Divides, education worker was appointed in July 2001 and has been continuously working alongside schools, youth centres, hostels, prisons and any organisations/agencies that work with young people to raise awareness about the effects of racism and the importance to combat this learnt behaviour. Using young people’s interest in football as a gateway to tackling this ignorance has proven to be extremely successful.

The introduction of Citizenship into the National Curriculum has helped in the battle against racism as many more pupils are being taught about the diversity of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK.


The anti-racism work in schools has slowly progressed over the years with  the biggest contributing factor to this increase being the events of September 11th 2001. Since then the rise of Islamophobia has been constant.

In 2007 the FURD Education Worker developed a curriculum programme alongside the Refugee Support Service, assisting young refugees in schools.

Workshops have been delivered at Fir Vale, Firth Park, Hinde House, and High Storrs schools, Firth Park Community Centre and Norfolk Park Community Centre, whilst a 12 week group work programme was delivered at Abbeydale Grange School in Sheffield.

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Link to an external website Youtube:It's Your call conflict resolution films
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