Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland visited Stoke on Trent College’s Cauldon Campus this week for a question and answer session about his role as a Kick It Out Ambassador.
His presentation, to students from the College and also visiting Mannenburg Students from South Africa, tackled racism and discrimination in football.
Kick it Out, of which Jack is an ambassador, is a charity which aims to raise awareness by working with players, football authorities, professional clubs, fans and communities to stamp out racism and discrimination in the sport.
Jack said: “Campaigns like this are massively important. We’re role models on the pitch and as an ambassador I can do my bit to kick out racism on and off the pitch.”
Launched in 1993, Kick it Out has become a nationwide campaign, which covers everyone from primary school year four students to corporate clients.
The organisation works closely with Stoke on Trent College, giving students the opportunity to question ambassadors and pass on their expertise.
Stoke on Trent College Learning Involvement Co-ordinator, Calvin Austin, said: “Jack is always popular when he comes into College and has supported us in many ways. Not only do the students gain a huge insight into racism and discrimination in the sport but they also understand ways in which to tackle it and spread the word that it is not acceptable.”