Ospreys players Dan Baker and Phil Jones fielded questions from school children at a Show Racism the Read Card’s educational event at the Liberty Stadium this week.
They were joined by young people from St Helens Primary School along with Education Worker Steve Jenkins, a former Welsh international footballer, who played more than 200 times for the Swans.
He delivered a workshop in the morning to the young people educating them on the topic of racism using interactive activities and discussions.
Pupils prior to attending the ground at school were set a task to prepare for the afternoon’s anti-racism “press conference”.
Pupils had to create a newspaper name and were tasked with researching racism in sport and society. Pupils also were required to read newspapers and online blogs to explore how they are designed and written.
From the information they had learnt they had to prepare questions for the press conference at the event to help produce their article for their newspaper after the event.
In the afternoon pupils watched our educational film, which gave them a last opportunity to obtain further knowledge on the topic before the question and answer session in our “media / press conference event”
Baker and Jones attended the event to take part in the press conference joined by Jenkins, where pupils took the role of newspaper journalists to ask questions, introduce themselves and the newspaper they “worked” for followed by their question.
The journalists posed some really challenging questions for the players and had clearly researched and planned some well thought out questions.
Prize winners Ishaaq & Maryam won match tickets and club merchandise, along with a SRtRC goodie bag for asking the best question.
When the pupils return to school they will use all the information they had learnt at the event along with the responses from the players to write and design their article.