"Equality and diversity within our community is at the forefront of everything we do as a Club"
The Club will be celebrating Black History Month throughout October, which is the annual celebration of the UK’s black history and heritage, as part of our commitment to promoting equality and diversity for all.
A range of initiatives and activities will take place throughout the month to help promote and celebrate black contributions to the Club and society, and to ultimately promote a better knowledge and understanding of the history of the black community.
The Club is working with Suffolk Police to deliver an assembly to a local high school during the month which will have first-team involvement.
Alongside working with Suffolk Police, the Club will also be talking to three local primary schools during the month about why we celebrate Black History Month and the history of black players and coaches at the Club.
Our fixture against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, 9 October, there will be a matchday programme feature on the history of the Club’s black players and key figures within the local area and community.
In the FanZone, Suffolk Police will be present two black police officers will be present in the FanZone to speak with supporters about the importance of Black History Month and their experience of policing in Suffolk as black officers. Along with our SLO Hub which will include the history of black players at the Club.
Town CEO Mark Ashton, said: "It's important that we celebrate Black History Month by looking back at our past and what we've acheived, but by also raising vital awareness for our BAME community.
"Equality and diversity within our community is at the forefront of everything we do as a Club."
Furthermore, as part of the Club’s new My Club, My Town feature, we will be speaking to a black supporter on their experiences of supporting the Club.