Black History Month pays homage to the achievements and contributions of black people to the UK and around the world. It is an excellent opportunity to bring attention to the issues of racism and how to tackle it.
To recognise this month, the LFC Foundation hosted a variety of activities across Merseyside to provide education and raise awareness around racial issues that are still unfortunately present throughout society and to celebrate the achievements of black people.
Look at these activities below:
PL Kicks BHM Tournament
Our Premier League Kicks team hosted a tournament in recognition of BHM and the PL’s No Room for Racism campaign. 140 participants from 14 teams took part from across the UK and locally.
Throughout the day, Show Racism the Red Card delivered 12 workshops. The day was a huge success, with participants finishing the day having been educated whilst staying active.
Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS)
Our PLPS programme also delivered physical workshops for 13 different schools across the region. 45+ workshops were delivered to over 1,300 pupils.
Additionally, a virtual PLPS event had 27 classes attend, amounting to over 900 pupils.
For BHM, our On Target programme focussed on famous black Liverpudlians. These sessions were delivered to 101 pupils in year 9 & 10 from St Michaels and St Julies High School.
Steve Morgan Foundation Works (SMF Works)
The SMF Works delivered a virtual ‘Careers Uncovered’ event, with special guests LFC legend John Barnes and Olympic athlete/LFCF Ambassador Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Both John and Katarina discussed their career pathways, achievements, and barriers they overcame along the way.
This event had 40 attendees present, with a further 58 watching from the HIVE LFC Foundation Community Day.
Camps, Employability and #iWill Teams
The above teams delivered various BHM workshops throughout the month.
A workshop was delivered to 31 attendees at the HIVE LFCF Community Day, along with further workshops being delivered to over 140 children at Anfield Sports & Community Centre and the Ruskin Sports Village.
Overall, the LFC Foundation provided physical Black History Month workshops for 1,650 pupils, plus even more online!
Why not hear what the attendees had to say?
One pupil described Black History Month 2021 as “an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our BAME heroes”.
Teacher Maegan Cleary from Kirkby C of E Primary School said “We had a terrific time with the year 3 workshop, it was very informative! The children enjoyed learning about different people of colour and loved watching videos about Trent!”
A year 6 pupil from the same school: “Black History Month lets us celebrate differences between people in a diverse world"
Lyndsey Platt of Pinehurst Primary School: “We had Scott visit us today who worked with our year 5 and 6 children. He was great! The children were really engaged and loved the discussions throughout the workshop. I saw one of the year 6 sessions and thought discrimination was put across to the children in a really fun and easy to understand. I really felt that the workshop enhanced our education around Black History Month”.
A year 5 pupil from Bishop Martin Primary School said “I learnt that black people can be anything they want and can change the world"
Finally, a year 4 pupil from Greenbank Primary School said the workshops showed them “How to be a superhero and fight back against racism in our world"
We would love to thank everybody involved throughout the LFC Foundation Black History Month.