Lancashire FA Celebrate Black History Month

Close to 40 people were in attendance last week for Lancashire FA’s first ever event to recognise Black History Month.

The evening was a huge success, with people coming together to share stories, enjoy food and to hear from our guest speakers:

• Clinton Smith who has chaired the Preston Black History Group since 2012 to research, celebrate and share the contribution of black history to British society. He hosts regular presentations at schools, libraries, museums and police forces, to promote diversity and improve multicultural understanding.

• Former Fleetwood Town defender and current Salford City man, Nathan Pond.

• Adrian Murrell - part of Windrush CIC based in Preston and looks to educate people on black history, along with its annual celebration held in Preston

• Former Dutch professional footballer, Clyde Wijnhard

• Former England footballer, Trevor Sinclair

• Wesley Johnrose - Lancashire FA IAB member and volunteer for the Windrush CIC Preston.

• Lancashire FA’s Head of Participation and Development, Iain Kay

As part of this event, Lancashire FA managed to get some key messages out regarding inclusion, bursaries and coach mentor support.

The first guest speaker, Clinton Smith, gave a very insightful talk on black history.

The second speaker, Nathan Pond, shared his personal journey of playing football and challenges he has faced in his career.

The third speaker, Adrian, shared the work he does around tackling discrimination and how he continues to educate the community.

Former Ajax footballer, Clyde Wijnhard, shared his football journey and the different playing styles and systems between Holland and England. He gave a great insight to the players and managers he has worked with, but also his family and the importance they had within his player career.

Trevor Sinclair gave an insight into his playing career, how he achieved his coaching badges and then returned to the game as manager.

On the ground breaking evening at the County Ground, Lancashire FA IAB (Chair), Pete Mason said: "It was great to be involved at Lancashire FA’s inaugural event to recognise Black History Month.

“Alongside The FA, Lancashire FA feel very strongly about inclusion and supporting people from all communities in the region. Thank you to everyone who took part and organised the event including all of our wonderful guest speakers.

“We look forward to this being the first of many events to recognise and celebrate the efforts of black people in sport and football and make it a game For All, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability.”