Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kammy Backs Call for Rethink

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kammy Backs Call for Rethink

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Byline: BEN O'CONNELL Local Democracy Reporter

AFORMER professional footballer and anti-racism charity patron has joined calls for Northumberland County Council to reverse the decision to withdraw its funding.

As revealed last week, the local authority has decided to end its contract with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), an educational charity which provides workshops, training sessions and other resources for schools.

The council says that the contract only offered sessions for a small number of schools and teachers, and that it believes "available funding can be better targeted to enable a more broad range of resources for schools which covers all areas of potential discrimination".

However, among those calling for a rethink is Sky Sports regular, Chris Kamara, who is a patron for SRtRC.

Middlesbrough-born 'Kammy' tweeted on Friday: "I am calling on Northumberland Council to, if it's possible, please reverse your decision on Chris Kamara withdrawing funding for our charitable organisation! Baffling when the education in schools on racist attitudes is needed more than ever."

This was backed by MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery who said it 'couldn't be more spot on', adding that the council's "Tory administration need to reverse this shocking decision".

Ashington town councillor Liam Lavery has also started a petition calling for the funding cut to be reversed, which has been signed by more than 500 people since Thursday.

The North East-based charity, which uses footballers and their high-profile status to help educate children, has been providing workshops in Northumberland schools for the past decade, but was informed at a recent meeting that the council will not be funding this into 2019-20.

Last week, founder and chief executive Ged Grebby said: "We're obviously not going to argue against any other equality work the council might do, but at the same time as we're being recognised nationally by the Government as a provider of anti-racist education, we're being told we're not needed. …

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