School competition winners in VIP visit to York City Football Club

21st March 2016

Thirteen competition winners from schools around York will be taking part in a special visit to York City this week, after taking part in an anti-bullying initiative with club sponsors Benenden.

The competition was part of a city-wide initiative which saw more than 2000 primary school children in York take part in interactive anti-bullying workshops, organised by Benenden and in partnership with coaches from the York City FC Foundation.

The sessions were designed to be informative, fun and engaging and, as part of the sessions, the children were tasked with designing their own anti-bullying poster with a focus on stopping bullying in the playground.

Paul Keenan, Group Head of Communications at Benenden said: “We had excellent feedback from the workshops and it was great to see how much the children enjoyed taking part and learning about bullying in all its forms, including what to do if they feel they are being bullied, or if they see others being bullied. The competition gave us a chance to see how much the children had learned in the session and further encouraged them to speak up if they see bullying in the playground. We hope the winners enjoy the match and we are looking forward to continuing our work in schools over the next year.”

The scheme reached 19 schools across York, Selby and Tadcaster, including 68 Key Stage Two classes. There were 335 entrants from schools across York, from which thirteen winners were chosen from schools around the city, including Roecliffe, Headlands, Lakeside, Burton Green, and Easingwold Primary Schools.

The winners had their winning designs made in to an A3 poster, with copies to be put up around their school, as well as the opportunity to visit Bootham Crescent to watch York City play against Barnet this weekend.

Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager of York City FC Foundation said, “It’s important that we use our role in the local community to provide good role models and help educate young people in all aspects of equality and diversity. It’s worked really well this year across all the schools and we are delighted to welcome the competition winners to the Club for this special visit!”

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