The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme have been delivering hate crime awareness workshops to young people.

Over 100 young people have been involved in our workshops so far, learning about a range of topics such as stereotyping, respecting others, consequences, impacts of hate crimes and how to report them.

Ben Winter, SWFCCP’s Operations Manager, commented: “We are privileged to assign this matchday as our anti-hate crime awareness match. Our focus is to help eradicate hate crime from society by using the brand of SWFC to educate people in our community and striving for equality.”

We are working with Remedi, the youth restorative justice – who are delivering a hate crime workshop to young people before the match day, and their anti-hate crime poster will be shown to all up on the big screen.

Our Community Programme has a commitment to tackle hate crime through education, awareness and challenging the community, working with the South Yorkshire Police to ensure we provide the best information to our young audience.

PC Mark Toyne, South Yorkshire Police’s Hate Crime Coordinator for Sheffield, said: “South Yorkshire Police continues to take all reports of hate crime and wider intolerance extremely seriously.

“We want to encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it. You can report it to the Police directly using 101 or 999 in an emergency, or the new South Yorkshire Police online portal which includes a dedicated hate crime or hate incident reporting tool.

“We understand that every incident of hate crime is unique and each victim will experience the incident differently. We will ensure that we provide a victim-led service and support victims in a manner that is specific to their individual needs. We will investigate each incident robustly and will strive to bring offenders to justice. Being the victim of hate crime can be a traumatic ordeal and we want victims to have the trust and confidence not only to make the initial report, but in the service and support that will follow.”

“This Hate Crime Awareness Week we as a force renew our pledge to stand up against hate in all its forms, to tackle the problem wherever we find it and to support those who live through it by working with our partners and all institutions such as Sheffield Wednesday Football Club who also wish to join us in doing so.”

Ben added: “We are proud of our partnerships with Remedi and South Yorkshire Police and we will continue to make a commitment to delivering anti-hate crime work through the community programme.”