Forward continues work to combat discrimination.
Tyler Roberts will officially become Leeds United’s Player Ambassador for Equality and Diversity as he continues to show his commitment to combatting discrimination.
The Wales international has made it clear over the last 18 months that he wants to play his part in educating supporters and young people throughout Leeds around the effects of racism and other forms of discrimination, whilst also helping to promote the importance of equality, diversity, and inclusion to the club.
Tyler was awarded the Community Champion accolade for the 2020/21 season due to his work with the Premier League and the club’s official charity; supporting the No Room For Racism campaign, meeting young students across the city over various Zoom calls and discussing his own personal experiences with discrimination – he has continued this work through to the current campaign as tackling racism in football remains as important as ever.
Speaking with the club following his decision to become a Player Ambassador, Roberts said: “I’m really pleased to officially become the Ambassador for Equality and Diversity, it’s a subject that is really close to my heart and I hope I can continue to raise awareness around the topic.
“I have to thank Leeds United for allowing me to express my passion and be heard on various platforms, the past year and more has been hard for everyone and there has been issues bigger than football, but the work that is being done has shown me how united people can become.
“I’m looking forward to getting involved in more activities this season and taking part in some of the key projects and campaigns being delivered. By working together, we can make great changes.”
To help celebrate the occasion, the 22-year-old was on hand earlier this week to join youngsters from Alder Tree Primary School over Zoom as they took part in a workshop with coaches from the Leeds United Foundation to discuss Black History Month and the No Room For Racism campaign, as part of the Premier League Primary Stars initiative.
The Wales international spent time learning about the work the Year 6 students had been involved in, choosing their individual heroes relating to Black History Month, whether it was a celebrity, sports person, family member or friend. The pupils then took it in turns to ask the Leeds United star about his previous experiences with racism, along with any advice he could offer for dealing with negative comments or acting as an ally to support classmates or teammates that may face forms of discrimination.
If you would like more information on the Premier League Primary Stars programme and the education pillar within the Leeds United Foundation, please contact Mathew.Everett@leedsunited.com.