Manchester unites against racism27 October 2003

The Lowry Arts Centre to host star-studded event

Pioneering black players including Viv Anderson, who became England’s first black international 25 years ago, and John Barnes, former Liverpool and England star, will join players from North West UK clubs, including from Manchester United, Manchester City and Blackburn, at The Lowry later today (Monday 27 October).

Joining the footballers in an interactive discussion with young people from local schools will be Gordon Taylor (Chief Executive of players union PFA), Dave Richards (Chairman of the English FA Premier League), and Coronation Street (A popular UK soap opera) stars Shobna Gulati (Sunita) and Trevor Dwyer Lynch.

The stars will be answering questions and offering practical advice to inner city Manchester youngsters to help raise aspirations and tackle exclusion.

The event is part of the final leg of the national anti-racism week of action in football which kicked off on the 16th of October. The week has been organised by Kick It Out, football’s anti-racism campaign, and will feature over 500 organised events during the 12- day period. The biggest series of such activities in Europe.

All 92 professional clubs are taking part in the week through holding anti-racism days. The previous weekend North-West clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Bolton, Preston, Burnley, Oldham and Rochdale made their contributions. Supporters got involved in activities at Liverpool and Manchester as both clubs organised choreographies against racism.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, commented
“The message is that we need to fend off complacency and keep up the ongoing battle against racism through education, positive engagement and by working in partnership. This way will be the way in which we can bring equality to life.”