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Football Festival celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month Football Festival raises awareness for racial equality

On Sunday 10 October 2021 we hosted a Football Festival to raise awareness for Black History Month. 

The tournament's aim was to raise awareness for racial equality in football as we try to make the local game more inclusive. It took place at our HQ, Culver Road, Lancing.

The event saw eight teams take part in a Round Robin Style Festival throughout the day and we were delighted to welcome clubs from across the County. Worthing United, Nations United and Crawley Game Changers were among the clubs who showed a huge support for the event. 

The event was also support by two Referees who left a huge impact on the players, Martyn King and Paul Amoo really brought some life and soul to the festival. 

To wrap up the day, we were joined by Daniel Fenner from The FA who encouraged players to consider taking the first step into Coaching. 

Our Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) has said how important the event is for the county. IAG member Mark Doidge concluded: “Football is the most popular sport in the world and played in every country around the world. 

“The roots of football are in England, but they spread through trade and Empire, resulting in football having players from around world. From Arthur Wharton, John Cother, Emma Clarke, and Andrew Watson through to Frank Soo, Cyrille Regis and Viv Anderson, the history of football is also a Black history. 

“Events before, during and after the European Championships highlight the racism that players and fans have experienced, but showcasing the long and distinguished history of Black players in the British game goes some way to celebrating these players’ achievements and tackle the division in our sport.”

For more information on inclusive football in Sussex please contact: 

T: 01903 766855

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