Sessions are being put on across all 52 schools where CITC delivers its Premier League Primary Stars programme and are connected to the league’s No Room for Racism Campaign.
CITC Ambassador Alex Williams joined in a session at Holy Name R C Primary School in Moss Side.
He was able to talk to the children about his experiences as a black goalkeeper, as well as provide advice on what to do if you experience, see or hear racism.
Commenting on the visit, he said:
“Black History Month is very important. It showcases the heritage of black people throughout the years and I think a lot of people are unaware of the history of it so, for us, to use the power of the brand to engage with young people during this campaign is really important.
“Our inclusion work is something we’re very proud of, engaging people of all background, and we want to make sure we maintain that right up to the current day across all our initiatives.
“For me, coming back to Moss Side, coming back to my roots where the Maine Road stadium stood, has been brilliant and it’s great to see how excited the kids are that Manchester City is still a part of this local community.”
CITC’s School Sports Officer, Becky Topping, added:
“It’s really important to educate the children on understanding who they are, where they’re from, where their families are from and talk about why they should be proud of that.
“We as coaches work in five schools per week, each for a full day, so we’re able to engage with thousands of children across Greater Manchester. Using some of that time to highlight Black History Month is not only important for their personal development, but enables us to come together and celebrate black models here in Manchester, just like Alex Williams.”
October marks Black History Month in the UK. The event was officially recognised by the US government in 1976, and first celebrated in the UK in 1987.
Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. This year’s campaign is based on ‘Proud to Be’. To find out more, visit: www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk.
CITC delivers the PLPS programme in schools across Greater Manchester. Pupils and teachers take part in national curriculum PE lessons, extra-curricular activities, PSHE lessons, English and Maths workshops, targeted interventions and collapsed curriculum days.
The aim is to use the inspiration of Manchester City FC and the Premier League to engage pupils and teachers to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. The programme also intends to improve teacher's confidence and competence when delivering PE and School Sport, and to increase children's enjoyment and engagement in this area.