European youth leaders attend Sporting Diversity event at Tong High School (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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European youth leaders attend Sporting Diversity event at Tong High School
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
Youth workers from across Europe have visited Bradford to explore how equality in society can be promoted through sport.
Tong High School hosted 24 young leaders from 13 countries at the Sporting Diversity event yesterday.
The morning formed part of a week-long visit to West Yorkshire for the delegates, organised by the British Council for the Youth in Action programme in the UK.
“Sport is an important tool to bring people together and help them fulfil their potential,” said James Keegan, British Council Sport for Education adviser. “International skills are so important for young people in the UK now, so we’re very pleased that Tong High School can provide a focal point to our visitors as they see how sport can be used to embrace cultural diversity and help participants be ready for life off the pitch in the future.”
Teaching sessions were led by the Rugby Football League (RFL) and the Bradford Bulls Foundation, both partners of the school.
Sarah Williams, the RFL’s equality and diversity manager, said the governing body used its ‘Tackle IT’ education programme, aimed at celebrating diversity within the game and promoting zero tolerance on prejudicial behaviour.
Year nine pupils attended an assembly based around the theme of tackling discrimination and abuse, before the 24 young leaders worked with a smaller group of students to explore the concept of breaking down barriers to equality in sport and society.
Gareth Cook, general manager for the Bradford Bulls Foundation, said: “We work across a multi-cultural society within Bradford delivering key messages, one of which is inclusion. We believe that everyone should be a valued member of the community regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”
Youth worker Jurica Markovic, visiting from Croatia, said: “It was a great experience to come into a school and see children being taught about these issues, and it is very good to start at a young age and instill this knowledge.”
The school praised the impact of the visit on the children involved. Head teacher Stephen Curran said: “We know that our students will eventually become independent citizens in a global world where their success and happiness depend on their ability to mix with people from differing backgrounds on both a social and professional level.”