Wolves Foundation spread No Room For Racism message

Wolves Foundation spread No Room For Racism message Image

This afternoon’s big Midlands derby is also Wolves’ designated ‘No Room for Racism’ fixture, supporting the Premier League campaign to tackle discrimination and promote equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of the game.

Those are ambitions which Wolves Foundation aim to deliver all the year around, but the build-up to the fixture and the days which follow offer the perfect opportunity to highlight the issue and provide positive messaging.

October is also Black History Month, with plans in place to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to society.

Over recent days, Wolves Foundation schools officers led an inclusion workshop at Field View Primary School in Bilston, before heading to Stowlawn Primary School to deliver an assembly to pupils.

Across the activities, the young people were shown examples of discrimination, encouraged on how to address it and who to report it to, as well as viewing a video commissioned and produced by the Premier League.

Later this month there will also be a special tournament held at the Aldersley Arena as part of Premier League Kicks to mark Black History Month, as well as a project called Trailblazers, featuring a look back at the first black footballers to play for Wolves, including informative workshops with school groups to shine a light on those players’ vital contributions.

‘’It is vitally important that we highlight the importance of inclusivity in all that we strive to achieve,” says Jonathan Warburton, education and skills manager with Wolves Foundation and also equality, diversity and inclusion lead.

“Through our project delivery, we aim to raise awareness of inclusion right across the city in order to provide as many opportunities as possible for our local communities.”

The No Room for Racism campaign involves clubs, the fans, the FA, EFL, PFA, Kick it Out and the Police, and sees different activities taking place around Premier League matchdays over the next two weekends.

Key themes include highlighting the issue of discriminatory abuse and the action the League and clubs are taking to combat it as well as the ongoing importance of allyship and celebrating diversity on and off the pitch.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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