135 years after starting its own football team – challenging the opinions of the time – Nottingham Girls’ High School students have put their footie skills to good use and shown racism the red card at Nottingham Forest FC.
Fifteen girls from the school, which is currently celebrating its 140 year anniversary, visited the City Ground for a day of football including a tour of the grounds and a question and answer session with NFFC player Britt Assombalonga.
The sporty students who enjoy regular football training sessions with NFFC coaches at school, tried their hand at the inflatable target shooter, honing their skills for directing the ball, before being given a presentation by the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card.
The day was organised by the charity which regularly works with high-profile football players and football clubs to help tackle racism in society and raise awareness across different organisations, including schools.
Sue Gorham, Head at Nottingham Girls’ High School comments: “We really work to nurture the sporting potential of our students and encourage all of the girls to be aware and proactive when it comes to current issues. It’s fantastic to see how our students inspire each other, taking on new sporting challenges and making the effort to learn more about important causes like Show Racism the Red Card.
“We are proud of our 140 year history and it’s absolutely fantastic that we’ve got our own Senior football team and we are developing a Junior football team. To see our girls today learn from the expertise of NFFC coaches and championship players and have the opportunity to work with them regularly is a sign of how times and opinions about women in sport have changed – for the better!”