A FOOTBALL academy has been promoting the anti-racism message by bringing youngsters together for a community event.

Khalsa Football Academy, which was started in Letchworth GC in 1988, held a diversity football day for young people across Comet country following a series of workshops in North Herts and Stevenage.

The futsal event in Hatfield last Sunday was part of the academy’s equality campaign Striving For Unity and was also supporting national innitiatives Kick Racism Out of Football and Black History Month.

Organiser Bal Singh said: “We can try to stop racism with other methods but a lot of people just love their football and it is an excellent tool bringing different community groups together.

“The focus groups and workshops delivered in community groups and schools is an excellent way to tackle racism , which is still on our doorsteps and a lot of race crime is not reported.

“I understand the reasons why some people decide not to report race crime but through the Striving For Unity project and football a positive unified stance against racism is the way forward.”