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Morgan: We are making progress in fight for equality

9 Nov 2021
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Premier League-winning captain talks to PL Inspires participants about standing up to discrimination

Former Leicester City captain Wes Morgan says people standing up and challenging discrimination has played an important role in the fight for equality.

Morgan passed on the story of his career and experiences of dealing with racism as he answered questions from young people at Thomas Estley Community College as part of a Black History Month event organised by Leicester City in the Community (LCitC).

"Things have changed," Morgan said. "In my early career, if you did experience any type of racism, the idea was mainly to ignore it and let your feet do the talking.


"We have come a long way, we don't have to accept it, we can highlight any type of racist abuse. It's great to improve things on and off the field in terms of racism.

"The kids had some challenging but very important questions to do with racism, equality and diversity so it was good for me to give them an insight into what I am involved in and my experiences."

The Thomas Estley students who questioned Morgan were part of the Premier League Inspires programme, which is run in partnership with the Professional Footballers' Association and supports 11-25 year olds who are at risk of not reaching their potential - helping them as they move through the education system and early adulthood.

While primarily aimed at secondary school-aged pupils, Premier League Inspires also engages Academy players, scholars, current squad players and ex-players.

Tough conversations

"The importance is around ensuring the conversations happen so they get comfortable with the conversations," said John Olaleye, LCitC education engagement manager.

"It's a hard topic and it's about creating a safe space for them to be able to have that conversation knowing that there's no judgement but really reiterating we're all here to learn."

Morgan overcame numerous challenges on his fairytale journey from being released as a teenager and playing non-league football to lifting the Premier League Trophy in 2016.

As well as having an inspirational career on the pitch, he has worked hard off it to challenge racism and discrimination.

Positive message

For the last two years, Morgan has been part of the Premier League's Black Participants Advisory Group, which aims to ensure the views of Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage players and coaches are heard.

"Listening to Wes talking about some of the issues that face black players today, talking about some of the barriers that he's broken through and that his friends and peers have, has been really educational for our young people - many of whom face a lot of barriers," said Thomas Estley College principal Mandi Collins.

"They are not just barriers of race and it's really important that they understand the importance of kindness as well as diversity, but also perseverance and belief that things will work out in a positive way."

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