Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies hailed the importance of Kick It Out’s ambassador programme as he joined the organisation to deliver an equality workshop at White Hart Lane on Thursday (12 April).

Kick It Out’s ambassador programme sees players from across the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League help spread the organisation’s messages of equality and inclusion.

“I’m very proud to be a Kick It Out ambassador, and every time there’s an event to attend, I’m happy to do so,” he said. “It was nice to see so many young people and adults taking part, it’s a good message to send out and if they can take something away from this, then great.”

Ben was in attendance to support Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, as he presented a session focused on diversity and inclusion to a group of over 50 young people and adults involved with the Spurs Foundation.

Paul was impressed with the engagement from parents, carers and young people alike, and he believed the open nature of the discussion encouraged everyone present to challenge themselves on uncomfortable topics.

He remarked: “We had a number of thoughtful responses to the questions I asked around appropriate language, definitions of equality and how we create an inclusive environment for all within football and wider society.

“These sessions are often harder for the adults themselves – young people can have a more open mind around diversity – but I was really pleased to see the whole group focused and reflective throughout.”

Ben recognised the influence he holds as a Premier League footballer and was glad he could use his status to have a positive impact in the fight against discrimination.

“As players, a lot of people look up to us and will mimic the views we have – I think we’re role models at the end of the day and have to act as such. It’s great to be able to help out.”

“It’s about just being able to try and keep on sending that positive message out. If people do take something way from it and it does help even just a few people, then I think it’s very important.”

With Tottenham’s dedicated Kick It Out fixture against Bournemouth coming up on Saturday (15 April), Ben explained why he felt the game was necessary.

“I think it raises the issue to supporters that discrimination is unacceptable, and the more people that are aware of Kick It Out and get involved with the campaign, then all the better.”