Players join local children to celebrate Black History Month
Thu 17 October 2019, 17:48|Tottenham Hotspur
Becky Spencer and Kyle Walker-Peters today (Thursday 17 October) joined Club Ambassador Ledley King in a workshop with local children to celebrate Black History Month.
The session, delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, educated students from Ferry Lane Primary School about the black history of both the Club and the local area.
As part of the workshop, Spurs Women goalkeeper Becky, men’s right-back Kyle and legendary former defender Ledley helped pupils present their learnings on black footballing icons back to the group. Ledley also answered questions about being a role model for young black people in the community and what Black History Month means to him.
“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,” said Ledley. “Diversity and equality for all is at the heart of everything the Club does – on matchdays, with its staff and throughout its local community.”
Becky said: “It’s fantastic that local kids are getting the opportunity to celebrate black history in our community and our sport. Education is so important, and I definitely learned a few things myself!”
Academy product Kyle, who grew up in the Tottenham area, added: “It was great to hear more about the black icons that have gone before us and paved the way for where we are now. It’s important that we recognise what they had to overcome and how much they’ve achieved. My main message to the kids is that whatever your background, you can do what you put your mind to.”
The session was one of several workshops being delivered by the Foundation to local primary school students throughout October on the subject of black history in football and in the Tottenham area.
We are dedicating Saturday’s home fixture against Watford to Black History Month. Ledley will appear at half-time to give his thoughts on the campaign and fans will be able to read content in the matchday programme celebrating the role of influential black players in our history.
Working with Nike and the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS) initiative, the Club will also host a group of students in our media facilities at the game, giving them an insight into sports journalism at the highest level.