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Nuttall and Mulgrew rally against racism

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Witnessing racism first hand as a youngster growing up in Greater Manchester was not a pleasant experience for Blackburn Rovers' man of the moment Joe Nuttall, so the young striker was happy to help as the club's Community Trust welcomed around 100 local children to Ewood Park for an anti-discrimination event.

The free-scoring 20-year-old partnered Rovers skipper and Scottish international Charlie Mulgrew in the Legends’ Lounge as the crescendo moment of an all-day seminar for local year five pupils, hosted in partnership with Show Racism The Red Card.

The nationwide anti-discrimination charity and their engaging presentation team spent a full day as guests of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust explaining the impact that the issue can have on other members of society, educating the visitors from local schools on how to try and eradicate it from our lives.

They took the opportunity to learn about the impact racism can have and the ways to report and prevent it from happening, before the two Blackburn Rovers representatives turned up to take questions from the audience about whether they’d encountered racism or prejudice during their football careers and how they’d advise others to deal with the issue.

Their answers were recorded by Sky Sports News, so that the message could be passed on to a nationwide audience.

“It is important we host events like this to make young people aware and overall it went extremely well,” admitted Nuttall, whose answers during the Q&A session touched on the discrimination he witnessed as a youngster in his home town.

“Racism is not a nice thing to come across in any walk of life and see anyone go through. The main message that we tried to put across was if you see it happening, please report it and it is one of the best ways to put a stop to racism.

“It is key that children receive an education about how to try and stop racism because it will become a knock on effect and they will help others try and understand and stop it.”

The pair sent the children home delighted with a goodie bag and signed poster for every visitor, as well as star prizes for the three best questions from the audience.