Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

1 Oct 2021
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Premier League will mark the big impact that players of African and Caribbean descent have had

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October 2021 marks Black History Month in the United Kingdom, when the Premier League and our clubs will celebrate this year's theme of "Proud to Be". 

Diversity on and off the pitch has been a huge part of the Premier League story over its 30 seasons.

The contribution that players of African and Caribbean descent have made to the League will be marked across our digital channels throughout the month.

This will include a daily focus on individual players who made a significant impact during each season, as well as a video that commemorates those who have set Premier League landmarks since 1992/93.

Education plays a key role in the Premier League's wide-ranging work promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as tackling discrimination.

As part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, teachers have free resources to use the power of football to encourage their students to talk about diversity and celebrate Black heroes.

PLPS Calebrating Black History

Also almost 2,000 schoolchildren took part in the Premier League Primary Stars "Draw Together Challenge", drawing or painting a picture on the theme of allyship. 

CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee helped launch the competition this year and next week we will showcase some of his favourite artwork by schoolchildren.

We will also support our clubs and partners as they celebrate Black History Month.

Coaching pathways

As part of our No Room For Racism Action Plan, the League is working hard to increase pathways for black, Asian and mixed heritage coaches through initiatives such as the Professional Player to Coach Scheme and the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme

Participants on the schemes will have a coaching day at Southampton's training ground this month and case studies will highlight the work conducted within these programmes and how they are helping to break down barriers.

No Room For Racism at the matches

No Room For Racism will be the focus of attention at all Premier League matches between 16-24 October.

A video featuring Premier League players will be supported by additional content, new educational resources and a media campaign highlighting the action that the League and clubs are taking to tackle abuse and urging fans to challenge and report all forms of discrimination.

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