Rotherham school rolls back English football shirt ban for non-uniform day
A school in Rotherham turned around at the last minute after students learned they couldn’t wear English football shirts on an uneven day.
Pupils at Brinsworth Academy were reportedly told by staff on Thursday that the reason for the rule was that no one disturbs children of “other cultures” by wearing their national football shirts.
Parents were annoyed by the rule as the kids were excited to support their national team – however, the school overturned the decision in a last-minute text this morning.
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David Blore said his little boy, who is in seventh grade at Brinsworth Academy, “came home disappointed” yesterday and told his father that teachers had banned football shirts.
Mr Blore said: “They communicated it via text message and the staff told the students about it. My son came home today (Thursday) disappointed and explained to us the reasons given by the school.
“The students say the staff gave the reason not to offend other cultures. I have also heard this firsthand.
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“[My son] play football for his home team and I run that team so from a football fan’s perspective I can understand the disappointment for all of them. “
The youngsters were delighted to wear their English football shirts for today’s non-uniform day (9 July) to celebrate England’s historic victory in the semi-final on Wednesday.
The Three Lions beat Denmark 2-1, paving the way for their first Euro final in history.
In a text to parents, seen by South Yorkshire Live, Brinsworth Academy said on Thursday: “Reminder: Friday July 9 non-uniform day, £ 1 donation. No football shirts. Thanks BA.”
On Thursday Mr Blore said: “I have spoken to a few parents, including the parents of players on the team I manage and all of their children have come home from school for the same reason not to disturb or offend people of other cultures.
“The larger feeling that has been generated is absolute disgust because in doing so it creates a division.
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“Many parents said they would let their children wear England themed shirts and English football shirts if they wanted. The general consensus being that the school would surely not send students home. them for not complying with their last act of poverty management. “
However, Brinsworth Academy texted at 7.27am this morning to say: “Today’s non-uniform day is to raise funds for the Brinsworth Humanitarian Campaign. Give students a voice to support those in the UK and across the country. the world who really need it.
“We are truly proud of our diverse community, so let’s celebrate this today by wearing clothes that represent the best of us as individuals.
“Whether it’s your favorite sneakers, your favorite colors, your England shirt or something that represents you. Let’s celebrate together.
“The Brinsworth Team.”
South Yorkshire Live has contacted Brinsworth Academy for comment.
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