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Great Heath Academy pupils in Mildenhall create posters to show support for Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after racist abuse




Children at a Suffolk school who were upset at the racist abuse aimed at three England players after the Euro 2020 final have created artwork to show their support.

Pupils at Great Heath Academy, in Mildenhall, designed posters to give a boost to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who were targeted with online abuse after they missed penalties in the final.

David Hicks, intervention leader (designated safeguarding lead) at the school, said the project was inspired by a discussion in assembly about whether England manager Gareth Southgate would fit into Great Heath and uphold the school's GREAT values (growth, resilient, enthusiastic, adaptable, tolerant).

"We looked at Euro 1996 and Euro 2020 and decided he showed the values that we uphold," he said.

Discussing tolerance, Mr Hicks said the children were 'really upset' to hear players were targeted with racist comments and that racism was being linked to football.

The pupils in Years 3 and 4 wanted to send messages of support to the players and created the posters, which they shared on social media.

Their words of encouragement included 'you are amazing, don't listen to the haters - we are proud of you, you are perfect and stay positive'.

Mr Hicks added: "We are keeping our fingers crossed that they are seen by the players."

Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton
Pupils at Great Heath Academy in Mildenhall have created artwork to show their support for England players targeted with racist comments. Picture: Mecha Morton

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