A SCHOOLS competition launched by the Prime Minister to combat racism in soccer will come to Bolton. Youngsters from Brandwood County Primary School, Daubhill, have been selected out of hundreds of schools to appear in the regional finals on home ground at the Bolton Wanderers Stadium on March 25. Winners of the overall contest will see an international soccer match at Wembley Stadium and win plush sporting equipment for their school.

Launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair 'Let's Kick Racism Out of Football' is offering soccer-mad pupils the chance to see their favourite players in action.

The competition, recently endorsed by Sports Minister Tony Banks at a major international conference on racism, aims to raise awareness of the evils of intolerance and xenophobia.

It has been organised by the National Union of Teachers, and pupils from across the country have created artwork and literature to stamp out racism in soccer.

The Bolton art work will join that from 26 other schools in the North West as sports celebrities and educationalists judge the entries in Bolton later this month.

Schools also get the chance to watch their favourite teams training in special runners up prizes.

The finals will be held at Wembley in May but first Bolton pupils must sweat it out at the Reebok Stadium on March 25.

Organisers say it is a major achievement for the Bolton children to have won through to this stage.

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