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PRESS RELEASE: FOOTBALL BLACK LIST BIRMINGHAM

May 24, 2022

THE FOOTBALL BLACK LIST breaks new ground this week when it stages its first regional event.

FOOTBALL BLACK LIST BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH FIRST REGIONAL EVENT IN BIRMINGHAM

Event held on the two-year George Floyd murder anniversary

THE FOOTBALL BLACK LIST breaks new ground this week when it stages its first regional event.

Hosted at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa, the celebration evening on Wednesday, May 25 will recognise the achievements of the black football community in the West Midlands and coincides with the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

The event, supported by The Football Association, will be hosted by broadcaster Samantha Johnson who recently presented the prestigious FIFA World Cup 2022 draw in Doha.

Alongside the awards ceremony, the evening will witness a panel discussion featuring Lungi Macebo, the chief operating officer at Birmingham City, former Aston Villa player Ian Taylor, Lincoln Moses MBE, the manager of Continental FC and Renee Gottshalk, women’s intervention coach at the Aston Villa Foundation.

Football Black List co-founder, Leon Mann MBE, said: “We are delighted to be coming together with the FA to deliver the Football Black List celebration in Birmingham and to celebrate Black excellence in the West Midlands.

“There are so many incredible people who have contributed and continue to contribute to football from this part of the country, so we cannot wait to celebrate them at this event.

“A big thanks to FA CEO Mark Bullingham for supporting the idea of having Football Black List celebrations across the country in this way.

“Lastly, thank you to the Birmingham County FA, to our brilliant local community partners, including the excellent Lincoln Moses MBE, who have helped to guide and support us in delivering what will be a fantastic event.”

Co-founder, Rodney Hinds, added: “The event in Birmingham is historic and gives the Football Black List added value.

“Birmingham in particular and the West Midlands in general, is a hotbed of talent both on and off the field and to be able to recognise individuals is fantastic.”

The event will also shine a light on, Kaleidoscope, an award winning charity providing mental health support to people across the UK.

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