Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are proud to support Anti-Bullying Week 2022 as we host our Banter vs Bullying Event.
Our Inclusion and Participation departments came together to host our Banter vs Bullying event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. Over 100 young people attended our educational visit in preparation for Anti-Bullying Week 2022, we were joined by Montagu Academy, St Bedes Primary School, Wales Primary, Kilnhurst St Thomas, Redscope Primary and Bramley Sunnyside. The aim was to educate these children on the difference between banter and bullying, give them different perspectives and inform how they can help prevent bullying in their schools.
Bullying can affect all walks of life, in school, the workplace or sports teams and we want to encourage positive inclusive behaviours from our young people to encourage and support one another to succeed.
The children took part in a series of workshops to understand what bullying is, the impact it can have and ways in which they could reach out to help others that may be suffering. This also looked at how everyone is unique, and we should celebrate our differences.
Another objective of the day was to recognise the difference between banter and bullying, knowing when banter goes too far and be considerate to peers if they can see the other person is not laughing with the banter. Finally, we wanted to empower young people to decide how they wanted to take a clear message back to school to educate all pupils and extend the impact and prevent bullying.
Our qualified RUCST team prepared their presentation, arts and craft activities and important conversations with the pupils. We’ve heard some inspiring and incredibly honest answers from the children who have either been bullied, bullied somebody themself or witnessed it. We then invited special Rotherham United Football Club guests Ben Wiles and Ollie Rathbone to talk about their experience with banter and bullying as football players. A huge thank you to all schools involved and for the RUFC players for taking the time to support something really important to the schools in our Rotherham community.