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AFC Bournemouth duo Callum Wilson & Tyrone Mings help inspire the next generation with Kick It Out

Posted: Thu 03 Mar 2016
Author: afcb.co.uk
Wilson & Mings with children from St. Aldhelms

AFC Bournemouth pair Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings helped inspire the next generation by joining in an anti-discrimination workshop with Kick It Out.

The Cherries duo visited St Aldhelm’s Academy and helped run the workshop lead by ex-player and Kick It Out professional players’ engagement officer Paul Mortimer.

Wilson and Mings presented in front of 30 boys from the school’s sports programme about the significance of equality, before taking part in a Q&A, posing for photographs and signing autographs.

The Sky Sports cameras were also there to document the day and Wilson, a ‘Next 20’ ambassador for Kick It Out, was pleased with the impact of the visit.

"I always enjoy working with Kick It Out, who do excellent work in the community,” he said. 

"Visits like this are great for us to get out into the community and Tyrone and I had a good afternoon.

"The children were great, they asked some insightful questions and visits into schools can have a massive impact."
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"Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable in life and as footballers it’s good to be in a position to inform young people about how much harm it can cause," Mings added.

"Kick It Out have been doing great work for over 20 years and it’s an important cause."

Mortimer, Kick It Out’s professional players’ engagement manager, said: "It was fantastic to have Callum and Tyrone join us for the workshop at St Aldhelm’s Academy.

"With Callum being one of our ‘Next 20’ ambassadors, he understands the importance of our work with young people. It was also great to see Tyrone alongside him contribute so positively to the session.

"Both offered valuable insight into their experiences with discrimination as professional footballers. Hopefully the young people involved gained a better understanding of what equality means thanks to Callum and Tyrone."
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AFC Bournemouth’s nominated Kick It Out game is the next home game against Swansea City, where the club will be helping to support the charity by raising awareness throughout the fixture.