Sheffield United Community Foundation put the memory of Arthur Wharton; the world’s first black footballer, at the forefront of their tournament in celebration of Black History Month. 

Unlike a normal football match, this tournament comprised of 10 six-a-side teams.

This tournament is organized by Premier Kicks to remember Arthur Wharton, the first black footballer. The tournament is going to bring communities together.

Sandro Vashakidze, Sheffield United Community Foundation Kicks Coordinator, said: “The fact that people are coming out here today to celebrate Arthur Wharton’s life shows how much people care about diversity in sport. Not a lot of people know he was the world’s first black footballer so it’s great to get the community together like this to celebrate such an iconic man.”

Teenage footballers from different teams took warm-up training before the tournament started.

Alongside the tournament, the staff set up a workshop displaying comic books featuring Arthur Wharton, and a timeline exhibition of his life. 

SUCF’s hope is that young, aspiring football players will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for Arthur Wharton, who paved the way for black footballers everywhere.