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City stars discuss the importance of diversity with local students

As part of Black history month City players Korey Smith, Saikou Janneh, and Abi Harrison attended a questions and answers session with the 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 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 highlight 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 in school.”

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

To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme ran by Bristol City Robins Foundation please click here.