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WWSET Yeovil Town

Good afternoon Chairboys fans, and welcome to today’s fixture against Yeovil Town. We hope that both you and the Yeovil fans who have travelled to Adams Park from the South West have a pleasant afternoon.

In today’s WWSET programme notes we would like to make everyone aware of a fantastic workshop that WWSET, Joe Jacobson and the anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out delivered recently at Chiltern Way Academy, a local school for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs.

The workshop, which took place on Thursday 16th November and was led by Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, engaged the pupils around key issues such as diversity, discrimination and celebrating difference, as they were encouraged to ask challenging questions and address their own misconceptions.

For Jacobson, supporting Kick It Out at the event was an important cause, particularly as education is a cornerstone of the organisation’s mission to tackle discrimination.

“I think people need to be educated in what Kick It Out do,” he said. “I think there’s still racism, antisemitism, sexism and other discrimination in football and Kick It Out are there to educate people not just in the game, but also in schools as well.

“I think (considering) how young people are brought up, what they read or watch in the media has an influence on them, so we need to be able to tell these students what’s appropriate and what’s not, and how to deal with that.”

Jacobson is Jewish himself and was able to reflect on his experience of faith and football with the group, in particular discussing the negative impact that the use of the Y-word can have.

The pupils responded well to the discussion and were keen to learn more judging by their levels of engagement in an honest debate about what language is acceptable and what is offensive.

Kick It Out’s Mortimer, who is a former Charlton and Aston Villa winger, emphasised the importance of education when it comes to tackling discrimination on and off the pitch.

He said: “It’s important for us to work out what young people understand discrimination to be, listening to their experiences, and assist them in improving their awareness of reporting. We help them to better recognise incidents that are discriminatory, and understand their own behaviour and the impact it may have on people in their environment.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Murtaza, a Chiltern Way Academy pupil who took part in the session, said: “I enjoyed learning about how footballers experience racism and discrimination during matches, and what I learned here I could use in the real world as well.”

The event was organised in partnership between Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust, the charitable arm of Wycombe Wanderers FC, and Kick It Out who have worked together to tackle the issue of racism for a number of years via the delivery of initiatives such as this.

Following the event, Paul Foley – Head of the Sports & Education Trust – said: “Wycombe Wanderers are a club that is fully committed to being of benefit to our community and working with organisations such as Kick It Out allows us to increase our positive offering in local schools.

“The session allowed the children who attended the opportunity to have an open and honest discussion around the sensitive issue of discrimination and will hopefully have helped create more inclusive attitudes amongst them. A big thanks should also go to Joe Jacobson for giving up his time to join in and add further weight to the messages being conveyed.”

In other news WWSET still, have spaces remaining on our Christmas Soccer Schools in December. Our Soccer School experience is highly regarded and offers great value and great memories for the children who attend. Every participant will receive professional football coaching from our UEFA and FA licensed coaches, opportunities to win daily prizes, a special ‘end of course’ gift, 2 FREE TICKETS to see WWFC at Adams Park and an opportunity to impress and gain a trial with our WWFC Elite & Development Academy. The courses also promise to be a great way for youngsters to burn off all the extra calories consumed in their selection packs over the festive period.

For more information and to book onto our Christmas Soccer Schools, please go to; http://bookonline.www.wwset.co.uk/holidaycourses

To go alongside our Soccer Schools, WWSET also deliver our ever increasingly popular Saturday Morning Club at the John Hampden Grammar School throughout the academic year. This session runs from 9.30-11.00 every Saturday morning and is open to all children aged 4-11 to come and have some fun, make some friends and work on their skills within practices & small sided games. We are very well subscribed with 40 children attending the session weekly and we are ready to welcome many more! If you are interested in joining us then please visit the page below to book your place:


Finally, all that’s left to say is we hope that you enjoy today’s match and the team manage to get another win on the board!