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Preston North End launch ‘Together As One’ to help educate young people on racial issues

28 October 2020

Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNECET) is launching ‘Together As One’ in partnership with Windrush Initiatives founder Adrian Murrell, a racism education programme forming part of its schools and community provision.

The EFL aims to encourage behavioural and attitude changes at all levels of football and ensure that a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination is embedded throughout our Clubs. There is some great work going on in our EFL Communities to embed and develop this approach.

The ‘Together As One’ programme is part of a wider effort from Adrian and PNECET to bring communities together while working in harmony, and improving people’s understanding of racial issues in society.

The programme consists of six-weeks’ delivery with interactive workshops and educational videos that will focus on areas such as terminology, privilege, discrimination and racism in sport, and will be delivered across the Trust’s community and schools provision.

As part of the programme’s delivery in primary schools, children in Key Stage 2 will benefit from tailored lessons and educational videos to improve their understanding of racism.

Delivery of ‘Together As One’ begins this month, coinciding with Black History Month – which takes place in October each year.

Schools Provision Officer Sagwati Malabi, who will lead on the delivery of the workshops believes the provision will form an important part of children’s learning.

“We are proud to be working with Adrian Murrell and Windrush Initiatives on these educational workshops, which will improve understanding of racism in our community, in this case for primary school children,” he said.

“The programme will reach primary school children across Preston and inform them further about racism in society.

“We will be teaching children about a range of topics, including using appropriate terminology and improving the understanding of different behaviours and norms among different groups in society.

“No child is born with inherent prejudice; it is a learned behaviour. This programme will reach children at an early age to ensure that they are continuously educated about changing attitudes around race in society.”

Adrian Murrell added: “I don’t think we’ve really tackled the subject of racism properly. This is the first time that we’re going to the schools, to the youngsters and from an early age, to discuss racism in Preston.

“The programme looks at the history of black people coming to Preston and issues affecting them in sport.

“It looks at racism in sport – not just football, but all sports – and what we can do to make it better than what it is right now.”

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