We’re delighted to bring you a press release describing the successful double launch of the Valiants Against Racism campaign and the Vision Project, a collaboration between the club and the New Vic theatre.The following is a press release from the Valiants Against Racism chairperson. This website, onevalefan, fully supports the work of this organisation in addition to the Let’s Kick Racism out of Football initiative:
Successful launch of the Vision project and Valiants Against Racism campaign
On the 3rd December more than 120 young people and adults from a range of cultural backgrounds gathered at Port Vale FC to play a part in the joint launch of the Vision Project and the Valiants Against Racism campaign.
The Vision project is a collaboration between Port Vale Football in the Community scheme and the New Vic Borderlines Theatre which is working towards delivering football coaching and the anti-racist theatre production ‘It’s not as simple as black and white’ in schools across North Staffordshire.
The Valiants Against Racism campaign features a wide range of representatives drawn from Port Vale supporters groups and local black and minority ethnic community organisations and is working towards combating racism and promoting the greater inclusion of all communities amongst the activities of the club.
The event held at Vale Park featured innovative anti-racist theatre, music, poetry, and educational workshops conducted by the Vision project along with all members of the Valiants Against Racism campaign (including the Directors at Port Vale FC) signing up to a comprehensive racial equality action plan. The day closed with a lively and informative question and answer session between former and present players of Port Vale FC and local youngsters. The players featured were Bob Hazell, Neville Chamberlain, Adrian Littlejohn and Sam Collins. Loleita Higgins, the mother of former Vale hero Anthony Gardner was also in attendance.
The whole event was an overwhelming success that was enjoyed by every-one who attended. The Vision Project and the Valiants Against Racism campaign fully intend to engage in ongoing activities which celebrate the diversity of communities in the Potteries and hope that they can go some way towards building bridges between local black and minority ethnic communities and Port Vale FC.
Dr Steven Bradbury
Chair of Valiants Against Racism