FOOTBALL BLACK LIST CELEBRATES BLACK EXCELLENCE WITH REGIONAL EVENT IN MANCHESTER SUPPORTED BY THE FA
MANCHESTER FOOTBALL pioneer Tony Whelan will be centre of attention as the Football Black List (FBL) heads to Manchester on Thursday, September 29 with the aim of celebrating Black excellence in football in the Greater Manchester region.
Whelan, Academy Programme Advisor at Manchester United, will be among several community role models that will be honoured at the event.
The FBL broke new ground in May when it staged its first regional event at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa, recognising community champions and grassroots heroes in the West Midlands.
This week’s Manchester event will be staged at the National Football Museum. Supported by The Football Association, FBL Manchester will be hosted by Sky Sports News Presenter and Reporter, Kyle Walker.
The city of Manchester has a rich historic Black community, with great figures past and present contributing to culture and society.
Alongside the awards ceremony, the evening will witness a panel discussion featuring: Andrew Laylor, a Pre-academy Scout and Former School Partnership officer at Manchester United Foundation, Remmie Williams, a respected sports Talent Agent and Francesca Brown, CEO and Founder of the innovative Goals4Girls organisation.
Football Black List co-founder, Leon Mann MBE, said: “We cannot wait for the Football Black List event in Manchester to amplify and celebrate Black excellence in the region.
“As one of the most famous football cities in the world, we know all about the talent in Manchester.
“This event will focus on the Black contribution that has helped to shape the success on the pitches at grassroots and professional level, as well as at the heart of the community.”
Rodney Hinds, co-founder of the Football Black List, added: “It is fitting that the FBL stages an event in Manchester, one of the foremost football cities in the world.
“After the success of the Birmingham regional event, I’m keen to see what positive vibes and legacy can be created in Manchester.”