FOOTBALLERS met Kidderminster primary school pupils to talk about kicking racism into touch.

Children from St George’s and St Mary’s primary schools attended an anti-racism educational event at Birmingham Football Club at the St Andrew’s Stadium on Tuesday, April 24. It was organised by the Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) campaign.

The pupils and teachers were accompanied by West Mercia Police’s officers who have been involved in setting up a series of local community cohesion sport and multi-cultural community events. They are supported by ContinU Trust’s opening doors programme, which organised transport for the Kidderminster schools.

The event was attended by ex-Wolverhampton goalie Matt Murray, Birmingham City’s Andros Townsend, who is on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham and David Kelly, former player for clubs including Leicester, Wolves, Newcastle and Sunderland.

The SRTRC campaign often uses professional footballers to help young people connect with its anti-racist message and with the personal experiences and advice of footballers.

Pupils and teachers took part in educational activities with two Birmingham primary schools and watched a dvd about the campaign.

Police officers participated in a questions and answer session as panel members and the event ended with pupils and teachers receiving signed autographs and free football promotional resources.