PREMIER LEAGUE outfit Tottenham Hotspur will be dedicating their home fixture against Watford on Saturday, October 19 to Black History Month, celebrating the role of influential black players in the club’s history.
The club has been home to some of the finest black players to grace a football field including Chris Hughton, Ledley King, Jermain Defoe, Walter Tull, Danny Rose, Les Ferdinand and Garth Crooks among others.
The north London side will be highlighting the annual celebration of the UK’s black history and heritage, as part of their commitment to promoting equality and diversity for all.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will be delivering workshops to local primary school students on the subject of black history in both football and the Tottenham area, supported by players from the men’s and women’s first teams.
They are also working with Nike and the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS) initiative, supporting young black media students into journalism.
At the Watford game, Spurs will host a group of students in the club’s media facilities, providing an insight into sports journalism at the highest level.
Spurs will also feature in and support Nike’s celebration of black British athletes and their contribution to British sport.
Former defender King, now a club ambassador, said: “I am proud to be involved in the club’s support of Black History Month – a campaign that has played such a huge role in promoting diversity and breaking down barriers in society for more than 30 years.
“Diversity and equality for all is at the heart of everything the club does – on matchdays, with its staff and throughout its local community.
“Both the club and its local community have such a rich black history and it is important that we use Black History Month to both celebrate this and educate future generations.”