Pupils join new Nil by Mouth cam­paign

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More than 100 young­sters from St Mo­dan’s High joined forces with anti-sec­tar­ian cam­paign­ers Nil by Mouth as part of a new cam­paign.

The char­ity put on an af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cus­ing on how to tackle is­sues such as sec­tar­i­an­ism and racism in foot­ball.

The Foot­ball Peo­ple cam­paign, which runs across Europe from Oc­to­ber 5 to 19, aims to pro­mote di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion while chal­leng­ing prej­u­dice.

As part of the Stir­ling leg of the tour pupils took part in a spe­cial work­shop where they came up with their own so­cial me­dia cam­paign to pro­mote tol­er­ance and re­spect in sport.

Nil by Mouth was set up by Glas­gow teenager Cara Hen­der­son in re­sponse to the sec­tar­ian mur­der of her school friend Mark Scott as he made his way home from a foot­ball match in 1995. The Celtic sup­porter was sin­gled out due to the colour of his scarf.

Cam­paign direc­tor Dave Scott said: “We are very ex­cited to have been cho­sen to be part of this Euro­pean ini­tia­tive to pro­mote equal­ity through sport, es­pe­cially given the long-term prob­lems Scot­tish foot­ball has had with sec­tar­i­an­ism. The aim of this tour is to show how sport can unite peo­ple rather than di­vide, and how foot­ball can truly be‘the beau­ti­ful game’.

“I’m de­lighted that so many pupils from St Mo­dan’s are tak­ing part.

“We have en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship with the school in re­cent years and the pupils al­ways ask good ques­tions and come up with in­ter­est­ing ideas.”

Chal­leng­ing prej­u­dice Pupils from St Mo­dans, Stir­ling

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