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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
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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