‘Next 20’ ambassador to attend FURD launch for new educational pack
Kick It Out ‘Next 20’ ambassador Harry Maguire will attend Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) launch event for their new educational pack on Britain’s first black professional footballer Arthur Wharton.
The event will take place on Thursday (28 November) at FURD’S offices in Asline Road, Sheffield.
The Sheffield United defender will be in attendance for this evening, which launches a new free educational resource which will be provided to schools across the globe.
The pack, which was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, consists of five different contents, including a 16 page comic on Arthur and also a short documentary film entitled ‘The Arthur Wharton Story’, starring children’s TV personality Johnny Pitts.
The Professional Footballers’ Association also made a small donation to this project and its Chief Executive Gordon Taylor will join Harry in the unveiling of this pack.
“The PFA are proud to have supported the Arthur Wharton Heritage Project,” commented Gordon.
“We are delighted that the excellent materials produced by FURD will be freely available for teachers, young people, fans and players alike to discover for themselves the inspiring story of this amazing footballer pioneer and all-round sporting superstar.”
FURD believe that these educational materials on Arthur serve a purpose for everyone, not just school students.
“Arthur Wharton’s story is so important because it shows there was a black presence at the dawn of the professional game,” said Howard Holmes of FURD.
He added: “We have designed the range of resources developed through the Heritage Project so there is something for everyone, whether you are a primary school pupil or postgraduate researcher.”
For more information about the FURD education pack, please contact Howard Holmes (07973 414 722) or Ruth Johnson (0114 258 7787) at FURD.