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Wanderers’ Steinsson Spreads Anti-Racism Message

Thursday, 07 April 2011

Year 7 boys were delighted to meet up with Wanderers' right back Gretar Steinsson during the final session of the SCARF project at Bolton School.  For the past nine weeks nineteen boys, along with pupils from Sharples High School, have been enjoying practical and theory sessions run by Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust on the thorny issue of racism.  

The project, Schools, Communities and Anti-Racism in Football (SCARF), aims to promote community cohesion and reduce racism by removing barriers and encouraging positive interaction between groups and individuals of all ages.  The whole of Year 7 has also enjoyed some professional training from four of BWFC's top coaches.  The sessions focussed on speed agility and quickness to develop the pupils' balance and coordination. 

After helping out in the session about racism, the Premiership star was grilled by the pupils on a whole range of topics - from racism to what goes on behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers.  Steinsson talked about his upbringing in Iceland and how he had first witnessed racism there.  Echoing the theme of the day, Steinsson said he did not want to be prejudiced in any way but singled out himself as having the best car, Stuart Holden as being the worst dancer and Martin Petrov as listening to the worst music! 

To congratulate all participants on completing the course they were invited to take part in a small sided football tournament held at Bolton Arena before getting the chance to watch Bolton Wanderers take on West Ham United.

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Look who's helping out with the lunchtime project - it's only Premiership star Gretar Steinsson!