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Rudiger speaks equality and diversity with Chelsea Foundation

Despite having a Europa League tie against BATE Borisov to prepare for, Antonio Rudiger took time out to join local school children at a Chelsea Foundation event at Stamford Bridge earlier this week.

Pupils from Fulham Primary, Servite Primary and Holy Cross Primary were invited to the Bridge to take part in an Equality and Diversity workshop and they were surprised by the visit of the Chelsea defender.

The pupils had been working on raps during the workshop which was linked to people coming from different backgrounds and personal differences, and they were then given the opportunity to present their work to Rudiger.

Rudiger then took part in a Q&A with the children, with questions ranging from his favourite food to times when he has faced tough challenges in his life, before he posed for photographs and signed autographs.
 

Rudiger then took part in a Q&A with the children, with questions ranging from his favourite food to times when he has faced tough challenges in his life, before he posed for photographs and signed autographs.

Speaking after the event, Rudiger said: ‘Events like these are very important because with the way the world is going everything is multi-cultural so it’s very good that young kids at this age are starting to know and understand the meaning of us all being equal.

‘With their raps it was all in a good way, these are still kids so you have to make things a bit more fun because this matter is serious so I really liked their raps, they were really good!

‘Of course they were very excited to see a footballer so they were asking me a lot of questions about football but when they then thought about things they also asked about my experience in Italy and that is very good because I am a very honest person on that.’
 

Chelsea Foundation schools education co-ordinator Ashley Snadden said: ‘As it’s been black history month we have been working on an equality and diversity event with the real aim being to celebrate the differences of different people and look at their identity.

‘One thing that we looked at was cultural differences and personal differences, and we got Rudiger to come in and talk about some of those differences and some of the things that he has experienced.

‘It was great to have Rudiger here with us. The kids are inspired when we as coaches come in with the Chelsea badge but to have a player here, who they come to Stamford Bridge to see week in week out, it makes a massive difference.

‘The way that Rudiger spoke today shows he is a really good role model, they were running out screaming Rudiger and they were really excited so I’m sure they will remember this day for the rest of their lives.

‘He interacted really well on the equality and diversity topics, not just the football stuff.

‘He was really well educated, he’s had a bit of a history with some of the cultural differences so it’s been really good and one of the best appearances I’ve ever been involved with.

‘I hope the kids come away from this event and immerse it into their beliefs and the schools that we work with, we are always trying to help them to adopt these attitudes.’
 

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