Wednesday 6th September
UK Athletics has today confirmed its plans to host a unique exhibition this coming October in celebration of Black History Month.
Led by former athlete and now UK Athletics’ Vice President and Equality, Diversity & Engagement Lead Donna Fraser, the event will focus on celebrating Black History Month via the delivery of a black and white photographic exhibition, with the long-term goal of continuing to inspire the next generation to get into athletics for years to come.
An annual celebration in the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA – though celebrated in differing months based on location – Black History Month exists with the purpose of recognising history, experiences and the accomplishments of black people.
The event – to be held in collaboration with commercial partner Grant Thornton – will take place on the evening of Wednesday 25 Octoberin London. The exhibition – entitled ‘COACH’ – serves as the key Black History Month milestone for the organisation.
In recognition of the contribution of past and present Black and Asian athletics coaches in the UK from grass roots to elite level, it will shine a light on those who were athletes themselves and are passionate about sharing their experiences and expertise with emerging athletics stars in the UK.
On the exhibition, Donna Fraser said:
“It is with great pride that we can formally announce our finalised plans for the ‘COACH’ exhibition in less than two months’ time.
“As an organisation there are several key messages we want to deliver, with the crux of the exhibition being to promote positive BAME role models, especially females, while inspiring BAME communities to get involved in athletics, whether that be through participation, coaching, officiating or volunteering.”
“Athletics is the most diverse and inclusive sport globally, and UK Athletics respects the time and effort all coaches give to the sport to produce quality athletes at all levels.
Commenting on the project, Photographer Ernest Simons added:
“I love sport and love taking shots of athletes at all levels even more. A photograph can tell a story of emotions, whether that be pain, happiness, disappointment; the list is endless.
“Working with UK Athletics for Black History Month has given me the opportunity to tell the story of that unique coach-athlete relationship through photography, which many people do not get the chance to see, and so I wanted to ensure this exhibition tells many stories for everyone from any background to engage with and be inspired.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Ernest Simons / UK Athletics