Under-14s engage in Holocaust Memorial Day

As part of the Wolves Academy education, the under-14s are proudly part of the Premier League’s Education Enrichment Programme learning about the history and horrors of the Holocaust.

The Premier League and its clubs work closely with the Holocaust Education Trust, as part of their ongoing work with football they raise awareness through education about equality, diversity and discrimination.

Last week, the under-14 players gathered with coaches and staff during their training session to hold a minute’s silence to honour the memory of victims of the Holocaust including several prominent footballers. Players read from a card about Josef Klotz, a Jewish footballer, who scored Poland’s first ever international goal but was killed in 1941 during the Holocaust.

Ahead of last month’s Holocaust Memorial Day, themed ‘Fragility of Freedom’, the players learnt about pre-war Jewish life and how their lives were torn apart during the Second World War, while in April, two boys from the group will have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz- Birkenau camp in Poland with the Premier League and other academies.

During the next month, the under-14 players will also host a visit from a Holocaust survivor, who will visit the club to talk to them about their experiences and how they were able to rebuild their lives after the Holocaust.

Academy tutor Linda Barnett said: "It is brilliant to see how the young players have engaged with the programme in such a committed and thoughtful way.

"Holocaust Remembrance Day also allows us to discuss where racism and other forms of prejudice can lead.

“We will continue to reflect on how we can tackle racism, prejudice and discrimination in our society today.”