RANGERS goalkeeper Wes Foderingham once again reprised his role as one of Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors today.
Wes joined Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, in the Rangers Study Support Centre to deliver an anti-discrimination workshop to local schoolchildren from St Saviour’s Primary School.
Paul’s workshop focussed on challenging discrimination and how the students can help achieve an inclusive and welcoming environment for people from all walks of life in their local community. After the workshop had concluded, Wes was asked a series of questions by the pupils on the topics discussed as well as his career.
Wes has been involved in three previous events with Kick It Out, which has included running a similar workshop at Ibrox last year, a training session at his former youth club at the Rugby Portobello Trust and a workshop at Drove Primary School in Swindon.
Wes expressed his delight at his continuing role in helping Kick It Out educate young people about equality. He said: “If we want to eliminate discrimination from football and wider society, it’s really important that we continue to teach the next generation about subjects like diversity and inclusion.
“I’ve been a ‘Next 20’ Ambassador for over three years now and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done to support Kick It Out’s objectives together with the on-going work of the Club via our Follow with Pride campaign.”
The ‘Next 20’ Ambassador programme was launched in October 2013 to commemorate the Kick It Out’s 20-year anniversary, and brings together 20 footballers across the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League to champion the organisation’s core messages of equality and inclusion.
The programme also features stars such as Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City Ladies striker Toni Duggan, Hull City defender Harry Maguire and AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, among others.