'Next 20' star Harry Maguire supports resource launch
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ ambassador Harry Maguire attended the launch of the education resource pack on Arthur Wharton, produced by Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD).
The Sheffield United star attended the event which took place at FURD’s base at the U-Mix Centre in Sheffield.
The story of Arthur Wharton, Britain`s first black professional footballer, has been brought to life through a number of educational materials produced by FURD, made possible with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a donation from the Professional Footballers’ Association.
“I was very happy to attend this launch in my ‘Next 20’ role. The story of Arthur Wharton is interesting and still has relevance today,” said Harry.
Resources include a new exhibition ‘Arthur Wharton: 1865-1930, the World’s First Black Professional Footballer’ and a website containing a wealth of information and materials, available to download including a range of resources for schools and community projects.
Maguire was at the launch event along with Professional Footballers’ Association representatives John Hudson (Director of Community) and Darren Moore (Equalities Executive).
There was also representation from the Heritage Lottery Fund and members of the Wharton family, in addition to many of the individuals who had been involved in working on the project.
While at the event, Harry also took time to meet some of the young people involved in one of the many social inclusion football activities which takes place at the U-Mix Centre.
From Sheffield United