Only one week to go before our next public discussion, on 9th December 2014.
See attached flyer and booking form.
Dr Steve Bradbury, Co-author of the report “Ethnic Minorities and Coaching in elite level football in England; A Call to Action”, and
Keith Murdoch, CEO of Leicestershire and Rutland County FA
Dr Bradbury’s report (released just a few weeks ago), found that there are only 19 BME coaches in the 552 ‘top’ coaching positions at professional English clubs. BME coaches take up 3.4% of those positions despite at least 25% of players coming from BME backgrounds. The study says that “institutional discrimination” is present within the English leagues.
I had heard of a theatre performance I knew I must see and a group of us travelled to Nottingham armed with our tickets. I sat on the right hand side of the stage in the middle of an audience who became more ecstatic as the different heroes and sheroes made their appearances on that evening in the late 80s. These icons (mimicking wax dummies on entrance) gracefully floated across the space, in fineries of the time; proudly entered with a sense of great achievement, holding the appropriate instrument; engaged in a warrior dance, with necessary weapons; or, humbly and unwittingly stumbled into the spotlight, reflecting on why they were being portrayed. The deep voiced narrator gave the audience a clear understanding of those being presented. The audience applause became louder as the images came and went.
Whilst all were shouting, applauding or being aghast by the presence of the various strands of our history, I wondered what difference this evening would make on us tomorrow and whilst we had a full house tonight, I wondered about the masses who need to be told but were absent. Following of the many encores a man of stature was pulled onto the stage where he punched the air with a great sense of achievement.
I met Flip in 2007 when Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame performed in Leicester. This would be the third time I had seen it. We agreed there needed to be a legacy and talked of how this learning could be enhanced and widened and, promised to make contact six weeks later.
It took a further four years to meet this man again due to NHS bundling’s and recovery period etc. I however returned to the point of believing there was a definite need for a Heritage Impact Centre, an educational space with performance, imagery, text and sound bestowing our yesteryears on those who visited. Flip and the team I created here in Leicester began the conversations to bring about this centre and during that time I got to know the man behind the figure running onto the stage at the end of each performance, punching the air with clenched fist with all his might before leading the audience into the rendition of ‘we need a hall of fame’.
Flip’s creation of Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame caused me to have this vision and whilst there are some who would like to undermine the ability of delivering this, The Race Equality Centre has begun to provide elements of the concept.
Flip Fraser – I knew you personally for too short a while but I have known your creation from the first year of its production. I am rejoicing in your achievements rather than bemoaning your passing as I know your heroes and sheroes are awaiting you.
The Race Equality Centre Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project called ‘Together we won the war’, awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme.
The project will focus on highlighting the contribution of racial minority communities who supported the British armed forces in the war effort. To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable people to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of those who lived through the First World War.
We are looking for volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters, memorabilia, as well as family tales to help build a clear picture of what life was really like during the war.
The exhibition will show how individuals from across the world were recruited into the armed forces in alliance with Britain, the different roles they played in the war, including the battles that were predominantly fought using soldiers from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and some of the heroes amongst them. The preservation of this heritage is important to make future generations aware of the significant roles played by their ancestors in World War
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:-
Kamljit Obhi – Project Manager at the Race Equality Centre Tel: 0116 2042792 Email: Kamljit.firstname.lastname@example.org Tara Munroe – Curator Tel: 07800773554 Email: Tara.email@example.com Taramunroe1@gmail.com
The Race Equality Centre (TREC)’s inaugural exhibition.
This work aims to challenge our perceptions of other people’s appearances and to dispel visual stereotypes.
This exhibition forms part of a wider vision to deliver groundbreaking, thought provoking work that will allow us to break down barriers, enhance knowledge and embrace each other’s abilities and successes.
TREC is in the process of developing a Heritage Impact Centre to tell the stories of minority communities and their contribution to British society both near and far, past and present.
We are delighted to invite you to look closely at the physical appearances of our amazing volunteers who have generously contributed their time and effort to welcome us into their personal and professional lives.
Curve Theatre: 26th July – 25th September 2014
Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, The West End Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester, LE3 5PA
This work will be available to utilize as an educational resource, locally and nationally.