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Walters opens History of Black Footballers exhibition

Walters opens History of Black Footballers exhibition

Former Villa star Mark Walters will open the History of Black Footballers exhibition at Quinton Library on Friday October 9 (2pm)

Funded by the Edgbaston constituency community chest, to support Black History Month, the exhibition called ‘Pioneers, Past Masters and Future Challenges’ is sponsored by the PFA, Premier League, Football Foundation and the FA.

It documents the rich history of black players in British football, celebrating their achievements against a sporting and historical backdrop.

The exhibition explores a number of different issues in the game including racism, under representation in areas such as management and coaching, the need for more professional Asian players and the importance of faith and football.

Walters, who also played for Liverpool and Rangers, is now head coach of Aston Villa’s Under-14s and is also heavily involved with groups aiming to eliminate racism in football.

He will meet the Woodhouse Primary School football team at Friday’s launch.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “This exhibition is one of a number of fascinating and highly informative events being held across the city for Black History Month.

“Mark Walters and others were truly pioneers and the fact that so many black players from across the world now play football in England at the very highest level is thanks to the courage and persistence of players like Mark.”

Pioneers Exhibition Dates 2009

Quinton Library 1st - 16th October

Harborne Library 19th - 31st October

Bartley Green Library 2nd - 14th November

Check Libraries opening times beforehand. Follow the link below.

Follow the link below for more Black History Month events in Birmingham.



For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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  • Issue date: 07 October 2009