Brentford duo Sergi Canos and Dominic Thompson helped raise awareness of diversity and inclusion with more than 500 schoolchildren via a virtual workshop last week.
A joint collaboration between the Premier League’s Primary Stars project and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the pair were quizzed by pupils on football’s commitment to the causes.
Topics raised included the Black Lives Matter campaign as well as their own personal experiences of feeling excluded and how football can work to improve.
The online event was part of more than 20 diversity workshops delivered across four boroughs in London.
On the project, Canos, who has also helped promote the Trust’s Show Racism the Red Card project, said: “In my role as a professional footballer, I know it’s important to use my voice to promote diversity and inclusion.
“I hope that by taking part in this workshop I have helped raised awareness of these topics to the next generation.”
Canos has previously been praised for his commitment to community initiatives, winning the PFA’s prestigious ‘Community Champion’ award in July while Thompson also took part in a similar workshop last year.
Their involvement in the workshop seemed to resonate with pupils from Rabbsfarm Primary with Ruby Lane, Year 5 teacher saying: “The workshops were informative and well delivered.
“They gave the pupils a greater understanding of how and why footballers are supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign.”
Brentford will be running a number of similar online workshops with a number of players over the coming weeks as part of their continued commitment to promote diversity and inclusivity in the game.