Bristol City stars discuss importance of diversity with primary school students

As part of Black History Month, City players Korey Smith, Saikou Janneh, and Abi Harrison attended a Q+A session with the group of youngsters.

The group of Greenfield E-ACT academy students – who work with the Robins Foundation on their Premier League Primary Stars programme – were invited to the question and answers session as part of Black History Month.

The day aimed to raise awareness about the importance of diversity in both football and society as a whole and provided a chance for the youngsters to learn first-hand about some of the challenges faced by the players.

Bristol City Robins Foundation Premier League Primary Stars lead coach, James Howiantz, told the foundation, “We have used today to show the importance of celebrating diversity. We want to ensure that young people in our community are educated to appreciate the variety of cultures and races in society. 

“Black History Month allows people to shine a light on the achievements of black people and to learn what discriminatory challenges are faced on a daily basis. The children here today have been extremely fortunate to hear some very open and honest comments on this topic.”



Korey Smith told the Foundation, “I think it is brilliant that these young people are learning about diversity.”

“When I was younger you never used to hear anything on the subject unless it was in your own house.” 

Abi Harrison commented, “I think having this topic taught in schools is really positive, and it is so important that they learn about this now so that the challenges that people of our generation faced don’t happen again.”