Author: Liam Edwards

Racist behaviour has been on the rise across all forms of grassroots football since COVID restrictions were eased, according to the Staffordshire FA. Racist incidents in grassroots football continue to rise year on year. Photo taken by grassrootsgroundswell and is licensed under CC by 2.0. Kick It Out, one of football’s biggest equality and inclusion organisations, stated there were still 87 cases of racist incidents reported during the 2020/2021 season, despite COVID-19 impacting most of the season. Gareth Thomas at Staffordshire FA explained how they dealt with the rise of racist incidents within the grassroots game. He said: “It is our responsibility to…

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As COP26 – the 2021 United Nations climate change conference – ends, author and climate change specialist, Eugene Nulman has claim greenbelt land is a crucial and ‘hidden savour’ to the potential risk of climate change. Greenbelt land in Birmingham. (Photo credit: Liam Edward) Mr Nulman, who is also a senior lecturer in sociology at Birmingham City University, said: “There is a important relationship climate change and greenbelt land as green belts work as carbon sinks by removing carbon from the air and storing them. “Green belts represent a relatively small size of land and what you would really need…

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The NHS continues to roll out the coronavirus vaccine across the West Midlands for 12-16 year olds with most children receiving 1 dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to best protect them from the virus. Parents of healthy school children who have not yet been vaccinated at school are being encouraged to get their jabs during half-term. Walk in jabs are in place for 12-16 year olds, including in Birmingham. Photo by FRANK MERIÑO from Pexels Nikki Evans, from Walsall, has a 15-year-old son, Ethan, who has been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19 due to both school closures during his final year…

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