Tottenham Hotspur star Younes Kaboul teamed up with an anti-discrimination charity to educate children about racism.
Spurs and Kick It Out to ran a workshop at Northumberland Park School, in Tottenham, this afternoon to raise awareness of the importance of equality and inclusion.
The session was run by Troy Townsend, who is the charity’s mentoring and leadership manager and the father of England striker Andros Townsend.
After the workshop, Mr Townsend said: “I think racism in football is reported more these day and more and more players just don’t expect discrimination in the sport.
“But the truth is racism has always been in the game and that’s why it’s really important to host workshops like the one today – it’s so we can educate the younger generation and tell them that this behaviour is just not acceptable.
“I’m really grateful to Younes for coming down today because although it’s only an hour out of his time the impact and the difference he will make in lives of the children will be huge.”
The schoolchildren were taught about the struggle black and Asian players have face in the sport.
Mr Townsend talk to children about the experiences of Walter Tull, Spur’s first black player, the campaigns of racist organisations such as the National Front in the 1970s and the discrimination experienced by black players in the 80s and 90s.
The talk also touched on other forms of discrimination such as sexism and homophobia.
Younes Kaboul then answered questions from the students about how he became a professional football player and his experience with racism both on and off the pitch.
He said: “It was very good and I liked the opportunity to come and share my experiences with these youngsters.
“I’m glad they could learn more about what is allowed and what is not allowed in the game – and I think the most import thing is to ignore racist people and just report it.
“Racism has always been in the game and the work that Troy and his team do is very important if it is ever going to stop.”
Spurs helped host the workshop as it geared up for its dedicated Kick It Out match against Southampton, on Sunday, March 23, draws closer.
The anti-racism workshop is part of this week of action, showing the club’s support for the charity, and helping to raise awareness amongst younger people in the community about the importance of equality and inclusion.