Wes Foderingham hosts Kick It Out workshop

Tue 9th May 2017

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham dropped into the Rangers Study Support Centre today to help deliver an anti-discrimination workshop to local schoolchildren from St Saviour’s Primary School. 

Wes was appearing as part of his role as one of Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors and was joined by the equality and inclusion organisation’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, Paul Mortimer.

The pair spoke to the youngsters about challenging discrimination and how they can help achieve an inclusive and welcoming environment for people from all walks of life in their local community.

Wes then stayed around to answer a series of questions by the pupils on the topics discussed as well as his career.

Afterwards, he commented: “If we want to eliminate discrimination from football and wider society, it’s really important that we continue to teach the next generation about subjects like diversity and inclusion.

“I’ve been a ‘Next 20’ Ambassador for over three years now and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done to support Kick It Out’s objectives together with the on-going work of the Club via our Follow with Pride campaign.” 

Wes has been involved in three previous events with Kick It Out, which has included running a similar workshop at Ibrox last year, a training session at his former youth club at the Rugby Portobello Trust and a workshop at Drove Primary School in Swindon.

The ‘Next 20’ Ambassador programme was launched in October 2013 to commemorate the Kick It Out’s 20-year anniversary, and brings together 20 footballers across the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League to champion the organisation’s core messages of equality and inclusion.

The programme also features stars such as Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City Ladies striker Toni Duggan, Hull City defender Harry Maguire and AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, among others.

The Rangers Study Support Centre was the first facility of its kind in Scotland and is operated as a partnership between Glasgow City Council Education Services, Rangers Football Club and the Rangers Charity Foundation.

To find out more about it visit its website.

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