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Chelsea’s first black player Paul Canoville to head debate

DEBATE: Paul Canoville, left, and Rodney Hinds

FORMER CHELSEA star Paul Canoville is one of five sporting experts from across diverse fields coming together under one roof to lead a debate on the state of professional sport as part of Hackney’s celebrations of Black History Month.

The event, taking place in the east London borough on October 17, sees the first black footballer for Chelsea line up with London 2012 Olympian Margaret Adeoye, ex-Team GB athlete Michelle Pierre-Carr, Voice of Sport editor Rodney Hinds, and professor Kevin Hylton at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Organisers said the debate aims to explore topics such as how the black community has benefited from the Olympics last year after witnessing a host of athletes like Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill claim gold in London, and whether black sportsmen and women are sufficiently represented at all levels of sport.

The five panellists will also discuss whether enough people within the community are physically active, the best way forward to encourage more people to get involved in sport and establish greater representation.

About 100 local people and special guests are expected to turn up for the event organised in partnership between Hackney Council's Leisure and Culture department and Words of Colour Productions.

The debate takes place between 6.30pm to 8.30pm on October 17 at Hackney Picturehouse. For more information visit:

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