Banter and bullying were the topics of discussionFleetwood Town’s youth team recently took part in a ‘Kick it Out’ event at the Club’s training ground, with banter and bullying the main topics.
The event was hosted by Troy Townsend, father of Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros, who spoke about the importance of knowing when to stop when banter goes too far.
Coach Mark Bowley said: “It’s an event we hold every year through the PFA, and it’s a good event as it brings home lots of aspects to the boys such as racism, bullying and homophobia.
“It was good for the lads to listen to Troy as they picked up an awful lot of information, and it was really helpful.
“It’s important that the lads know when banter becomes bullying and goes too far, and we need to be aware of people’s needs and make sure we don’t overstep that line.”
First year scholar Michael Tetteh said: “It was the first time I’d experienced Troy’s event, and it opened your eyes to the banter aspects because sometimes you don’t pick up on it.
“Troy got our attention right away and we were all zoned in from the moment he started speaking. He was able to change the mood really quickly, and made the players think about their answers.
“What I learnt most was knowing the line between banter and bullying. Everyone has banter at different clubs but sometimes it gets taken that little bit too far.”