Newcastle players Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara both participated in workshops for some local youngsters yesterday afternoon, that were aimed at wiping out racism in the community.
Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa in workshops yesterday
Both players are new to the club, since joining in late January, and they participated with education workers and coaches from Show Racism the Red Card at St. James’ Park yesterday afternoon.
Two schools participated in the workshops – Stanhope Primary School, in South Tyneside, and Kells Lane Primary School, in Gateshead – and pupils from the schools asked questions of the players.
Also involved were former players John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, Gary Bennett, Dean Gordon, Trevor Benjamin and Richard Offiong, and they are all involved with the good work carried out by the Show Racism the Red Card organization.
The pupils had to report as journalists for the day on issues related to anti-racism, and they took notes, as they asked questions and discussed the topics during the workshops.
Show Racism the Red Card education worker Laura Pidcock had this to say:
“It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be involved in.” “Not only did they attend a packed day of informative and very important workshops but they will also engaged in a task that saw them become responsible, young journalists, really researching the issues of racism before, throughout the event and afterwards.”
Lizz Bennett, also part of Show Racism the Red card added:
“Their day helped assist them in their journey of preparing to become active citizens in an increasingly multi-cultural society.” “It is important to empower young people to challenge racism by providing them with the right knowledge and the ability to critically think about information they see or hear around them.”
The players and coaches at Newcastle do a lot of work for charities, and much of it goes unreported, but they do a great deal of good for the local community.
And to have the pupils involved at an early age, where they can understand the ant-racism challenges to society – seems a really good idea.
The two Frenchmen at Newcastle have lost no time in getting involved in the community, and we know Massadio, as one example, has already met with other pupils in the short time he’s been at Newcastle.
Both Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa could be lining up in the back four, when Newcastle take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday, which is turning out to be a pivotal game for the Magpies, after our sobering and humiliating loss to Sunderland last time out.
Since arriving at Newcastle in late January, Mapou has played 15 times for the Magpies and 20 year-old Massadio has played 6 times.
Let’s hope we can get the win on Saturday – but ti’s going to be tough.
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