Out of Africa Launches New Website

Out of Africa has announced the launch of their new website www.outofafricacampaign.com.

At the end of 2011, young volunteers from Birmingham and Sandwell received nearly £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research the impact of African players in British football since the 19th century. 

“Thanks to the Professional Footballers’ Association for their help in making this happen”

Kolo Toure, Manchester City and Ivory Coast.

Led by Centre Spot, an organisation that uses sport and physical activity to engage with young people from deprived backgrounds, the project will focus on how football has raised the aspirations of young people and helped to tackle racism within the game.     

The group of 14 -18 years old will try to shed light on the evolving history of African players in British football by carrying out print, photographic and film archive research at both the Premier League archive and the National Football Museum. In addition, they will interview and record the experiences of professional players, managers, coaches and fans.

The young volunteers will be trained in all aspects of delivering and managing the project, including oral history training, handling and interpreting archives, marketing, using creative media and more.

The project will culminate in the production of a documentary, a national touring exhibition and accompanying website. Further results will include materials such as ‘how to’ guides for use in schools to inspire other young people to tackle similar projects.

“I am delighted that the significant contribution made by African players in the English game will be acknowledged in this way. By engaging with young people to make the documentary we are assured a vital link in the legacy which assures our history underpins everything for their future.”

Simone Pound, PFA Head of Equalities.

The scheme will seek to share this heritage with the wider community, promoting inter-cultural dialogue and engage interest in the cultural heritage of the players and their cultural origins.

The scheme has full support from the Professional Football Association, Oral historians, and Kick It Out. The project will run until October 2012.

Website: www.outofafricacampaign.com