FURD launches educational material to mark 2014 as Arthur's Year
A range of educational materials have been launched by Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of Arthur Wharton signing for Rotherham Town in 1889 – with which he became the world’s first black professional footballer.
Included in the new materials released by FURD feature the production of a brand new comic book titled ‘Arthur Wharton: Victorian Sporting Superstar’, which tells Wharton’s story from miner to football star.
The Project have also created a new website as part of the anniversary celebrations –www.arthurwharton.info – through which a wide array of educational resources are accessible free of charge.
The launch of the web page is the culmination of a package of educational materials produced by FURD’s Arthur Wharton Heritage Project, which include:
. ‘The Arthur Wharton Story’ documentary film
. A new Arthur Wharton exhibition
. A 40 page booklet
. PowerPoint presentations for use in school assemblies and lessons
Howard Holmes, former director of FURD, commented: “2014 will undoubtedly be Arthur’s Year, the time when his amazing story will reach millions of people in the UK alone.
“A number of celebratory events are planned, including separate statues of the great pioneer outside Rotherham United’s New York Stadium and at the FA’s St George’s Park, near Burton.”
Holmes added: “We are encouraging fans, football authorities, clubs, youth and community groups and voluntary organisations to host events in celebration of Arthur’s life and achievements.”
The ‘Victorian Sporting Superstar’ comic is available from £2 – if you would like to purchase a copy please contact FURD at firstname.lastname@example.org.