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Cardiff City stars Eddie and Miguel visit Barry College

Cardiff City footballers Miguel Comminges and Eddie Johnson visited Barry College last week to meet the College football team as part of celebrations for Black History Month.

Miguel and Eddie came to give a question and answer session with players from the College’s award-winning FEDS team, chaired by sports tutor James Young. They spoke about how much they would like to stay on playing for Cardiff, the teams they supported when they were younger, and accused fellow Bluebird Jay Bothroyd of being the biggest joker in the changing rooms.

As part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month, the FEDS are taking part in the One Game One Community weeks of action throughout October. Organised by the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign, the weeks of action have seen football’s biggest names join with their communities to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust arranged the visit to Barry College.

Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust Vice Chairman, Mark Hooper, welcomed Cardiff City’s involvement in the College’s celebration of Black History Month. He said: "We’re grateful to Miguel and Eddie for supporting Barry College’s celebrations of Black History Month. Cardiff City has a long history of talented black players who have become stars at Ninian Park, and we hope Miguel and Eddie join that illustrious group."

Mark was also pleased that Eddie and Miguel had also lent their support to the UK wide ‘Kick it Out’ campaign. Mark said: "The Supporters’ Trust are working with the Football Club to ensure that fans can watch the game without having to hear any racist chanting whatsoever. We support a zero tolerance to such behaviour – it has no place in football, at any level."

Black History Month (BHM) recognises and highlights the cultural impact made by black people in the UK. BHM is a celebration of all those who make a difference not because of the colour of their skins, but because of their actions. Held every October, BHM aims to promote awareness of black history and experience, circulate information about positive black contributions to British society and culture and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in their cultural heritage.

Barry College is supporting Black History Month by displaying information about BHM and prominent black Britons at all its sites in Barry and Cardiff. To encourage learners to take part a quiz and prize draw will be held, with goody bags worth £50 on offer at each of the College’s sites.

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