October 17 2017

Pupils celebrate with Josh Edwards and Matty Kerr from Airdrie United and Nil By Mouth Education Officer Jamie Lithgow.

Airdrie schoolkids have teamed up with Nil by Mouth to showcase their penalty kick skills as part of a European wide campaign to promote inclusion through football.

Primary seven pupils from St Edwards & Clarkston Primaries held a special penalty shootout with players from Airdrieonians as part of the ‘Football People’ campaign which runs across Europe from the 5th-19th October.

‘Football People’ aims to promote diversity and inclusion as well as challenge prejudice in the game and this year will see more than 100,000 people take part in activity across 43 countries.  The programme was created to help groups across Europe tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football. Fourteen grants have been awarded by the FARE Network to initiatives in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Scotland and Ukraine.

Pupils from the two schools came together in the morning to participate in a workshop led by Nil By Mouth Education Officer Jamie Lithgow. The two primary 7 classes learned about the differences and similarities between different cultures while challenging their own perceptions of stereotypes. After sharing lunch time together, pupils were joined for a penalty shootout by Airdrieonians development players Matty Kerr and Josh Edwards. After some coaching from Josh, pupils displayed their skills by trying to score a penalty against Matty. Clarkston pupil Zack Lee clinched the crown and wins match tickets to a future Airdrie fixture

Nil by Mouth Education Officer Jamie Lithgow Said
‘We are very excited to have been chosen to be part of this European initiative promoting equality through sport and over the course of the ‘Football People’ fortnight we will work with over 1,000 people right across Scotland. We are thrilled that Airdrie is being represented by these fantastic children and there was a lot of footballing talent on display today. We are also grateful to Josh and Matty for giving up their time to come along and take part. It’s always great to have the support of a club like Airdrieonians when we are running these events in their local areas and it serves as a reminder of the positive role football plays in communities right across Scotland. We will be visiting the schools again before the end of the year to deliver a series of workshops and activities which will help pupils better understand cultures and traditions different to their own and its clear its going to be one of our best projects yet.’