Players and representatives of both Derby County and Burton Albion joined together at a local secondary school yesterday (13th February) to show their support to the anti-racism, ‘Kick It Out’ campaign.
Derby County Community Trust and Burton Albion Community Trust staff were on hand to deliver educational workshops and football sessions at Pingle Academy as a follow on from Derby’s nominated Kick it Out fixture against Brentford on 3rd February.
After practical based sessions in the morning, around 250 year 7 pupils from the school joined together to welcome a host of famous names from both clubs.
Both club’s anti-racism ambassadors Aaron Webster and Michael Johnson, spoke of their own experiences of racism during their time in the game whilst Burton Albion first team players Jamie Allen and Martin Samuelsen were on hand to answer questions about their experiences of equality within football.
Following the question and answers session, the excited youngsters from the school got their chance to get autographs and pose for photos with current and ex-players, alongside both club mascots Rammie and Billy Brewer.
Gavin Lewis, Community Engagement Manager at the Derby County Community Trust Said:
“Today has been brilliant. It’s a fantastic initiative for both clubs and Kick It Out to come together and show support for young people at the heart of the community.
“A big thank you must also go to the school for helping to organise the event and the pupils were all so engaging making it easy to spread our message.”