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BAME coaches celebrated in Parliament-based exhibit

IMPACT: Donna Fraser, centre, with athletics coaches from grass roots to elite level who are celebrated in the new exhibition

ONE YEAR after it was unveiled, COACH, a photographic exhibition recognising UK black and Asian track and field coaches, is set to go on show at the Houses of Parliament this week as part of Black History Month.

The brainchild of UK Athletics’ Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead, Donna Fraser, COACH salutes the contribution and impact made by the likes of Paula Dunn, Linford Christie, Fuzz Ahmed and Lloyd Cowan and many more here in the UK, from grass roots to elite level.

HUMBLED

Initially unveiled at the Grant Thornton LLP central London office last October, the exhibition has been to Croydon Clocktower Café (Croy- don Central Library), Hackney Central Library and Dalston James Library before heading to next week’s illustrious venue.

Mark Lancaster, who was among the featured coaches, said: “To be recognised and appreciated by your peers for the work you do is all we ever want as humans.
“I am humbled and at the same time been given a renewed sense of purpose to continue to help my charges achieve their goals.”

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, former athlete Fraser said: “Ultimately, COACH was born from a united desire to celebrate the impact made by BAME coaches here in Great Britain and Northern Ireland during Black History Month.

"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, of ciating or volunteering.”

View the COACH exhibition at the Palace of Westminster Upper Waiting Hall, Westminster. SW1A 0AA. Admission is free. It runs from October 15-19.

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