School children unite against racism10 August 2005

More than 300 school children across the city of Manchester in the UK have been busy creating posters and poems on the theme of battling against racism.

The exercise was part of the International Friendship Games organised to create a mini-Commonwealth Games in which children of all ages, religions and countries can come together under the banner of sport. Each school taking part was given the theme of kicking racism out of anything they wanted – whether it be football, school or the local community in general.

Children from 22 primary schools in the area took part in coaching sessions before playing friendly matches at six different centres across the city in the afternoon.

Colin Moore, Manchester FA's Social Inclusion Projects Officer, said that the event will definitely prove beneficial in the long run:
“The poster and poem project was a real eye-opener, and having to choose three winners was extremely difficult as all the work was excellent. It's important for us to work with the schools to build on the success of the games and develop footballing opportunities for these young people.”