Celebrating Cardiff's Rich and Diverse History

27 October 2021

Black History Month has once again been observed throughout the UK, promoting and celebrating black history and heritage in our communities.

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of Welsh history for centuries.

As Wales becomes the first UK nation to make teaching Black, Asian, and minority ethnic histories and experiences mandatory in the school curriculum, and the recent unveiling of the Betty Campbell statue in Cardiff City centre, black history is becoming more and more prominent throughout day-to-day life in the Welsh capital.

Throughout the month of October, we’ve been working with beneficiaries and staff across our programmes to celebrate the positive contribution black people have made to the history and development of our communities.

Pupils in Gelli Primary School researched their Black History heroes

Our Premier League Kicks project brought together young people from across Cardiff and surrounding communities to play in a football competition and take part in community cohesion activities and workshops with Show Racism the Red Card Wales and Race Council Cymru.

Children and young people on our Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Inspires projects have worked work with our coaches and mentors in their classroom sessions, discussing the impact of Black History Month across the world and thinking about themes including equality and inclusion in the classroom, in the playground, and on the sports field.

Young people from PL Kicks taking part in a Show Racism the Red Card workshop

Throughout the month, Cardiff City FC hosted a series of features that shone a light on black history in the city of Cardiff, at Cardiff City Football Club and further afield.

Providing unique perspectives, current, and past players were joined by community leaders in sharing their first-hand experiences in celebration of our city’s proud black heritage.

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation is proud that Cardiff is a city rich in diversity and we’re proud of our efforts to become a more equal diverse and inclusive organisation. However, we recognise that we, and the communities we serve, have a long way to go on this journey.

Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan sets out the steps we plan to take to ensure that equality, diversity, and inclusion are embedded in our organisational culture, throughout all our services and are a key consideration in everything we do.

For more information on Black History Month please visit https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/.

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