Students from Sir John Lillie School in Fulham enjoyed an equality and diversity workshop with the Chelsea Foundation as part of the build up to today’s Game for Equality.
Our equality and diversity sessions started in 2016 with many schools in London and the south-east benefitting from the classroom sessions which include discussions on cultural and religious issues and how these impact day-to-day life as well as a club like Chelsea.
The students from Year 6 were joined by teacher Miss Haynes for the lesson and she believes the chance to use the power of Chelsea Football Club to educate the children on such an important topic was an opportunity not to be missed.
Miss Haynes, said: ‘It is lovely to have the opportunity to work with Chelsea, the links they have with the community are really good and the children respond so well to the Foundation staff.
‘It is very important to discuss equality and diversity at a young age. It is very prevalent in schools like ours so it is a subject we address from a young age with the children.
‘The children at our school are so good at celebrating diversity and respecting each other and I think you can see that in the answers they are giving within this session. To have Chelsea here helps with their understanding as they can use football to bring examples of diversity to life.
‘Education is key as it allows an individual to make more informed decisions and have more respect and tolerance for each other. The children have been so happy to have the Foundation in and I am delighted with how they have responded to the challenges and questions set.’
Our Game for Equality coincides with the Premier League’s weeks of action as part of their No Room For Racism campaign and will also recognise and celebrate Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary.