Having worked on an award-winning project on the Battle of Passchendaele last year, young footballers from our Academy are aiming to show that there are no barriers when it comes to football and football clubs.
The project pays tribute to former professional footballer and British Army Officer Walter Tull and is aimed at encouraging youngsters from diverse backgrounds to learn more about the club and our Academy.
Tull, who was born in Folkestone of Afro-Caribbean decent, was only the third person of mixed heritage to play top-flight football in this country when he represented Tottenham Hotspur in 1909. Sadly, he was killed in action just nine years later during the First World War.
Learning about Tull has inspired our Under-12s to work on a project titled ‘No Barriers’ and our youngsters will be working closely with the BAME community in Middlesbrough and Darlington in the coming weeks.
Our U12s will host groups of Asian youngsters at the Academy with the clear message that there are ‘No Barriers’. Our youngsters will also be joined by first team star Rudy Gestede on a visit to a Mosque in Middlesbrough.
The culmination of the project will see a ‘No Barriers’ game at the Riverside on Tuesday October 23 when Rotherham United are our visitors.
The club already works closely with Asian Supporters Group Boro Fusion and created a RiverSideBySide campaign in 2017 to promote equality and diversity at the Riverside.