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Capital welcomes former England stars to celebrate Black History Month

Posted on: 31/10/2019

We were delighted to welcome former England stars Glen Johnson and Rachel Yankey OBE into Capital to mark the end of Black History Month. This event, organised by the FA, saw the former players – who have almost 180 international caps between them – lead a coaching session with students. The session was followed by a panel facilitated by Garth Crooks, Chair of Governors at Capital, where the BAME students spent time talking to the former England Internationals about their careers and their experiences growing up with aspirations of becoming professional athletes.

Paul Elliott, former footballer and Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, also joined the panel to discuss the contribution made by black and dual-heritage players along England’s journey to this point.

With England set to host Montenegro in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying match on Thursday 14 November – an occasion which will mark 1,000 England games played at Wembley Stadium – the panel also gave out 30 match-tickets to students to give them the chance to cheer on England in next week’s fixture.

Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, said: “It was a great opportunity to come together with younger people within our local community to celebrate the conclusion of Black History Month.

“We were very excited to join the children for what was a fun and informative afternoon sharing our experiences, hopefully inspiring the next generation of footballers and future regular Wembley Stadium attendees.”

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