Date: Fri 29 Feb 2008

Former Torquay Boss Rosenior to Coach at Welshpool

<1>Former Torquay Utd and Brentford Manager Leroy Rosenior will be coaching in Welshpool next week as the club have arranged a Show Racism the Red Card event for the Community.

In conjunction with Welshpool High School, on Tuesday 4th March, the Lilywhites anti-racism event will also be attended by Welshpool Town players, George Hughes - who was a Youth Team player at Shrewsbury Town when Rosenior coached at Gay Meadow - and Striker Calvin Davies.

Show Racism the Red Card Wales Project Co-ordinator Sunil Patel will screen the Charity's DVD at the school, before the pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a Question and Answer session on racism. Over 100 pupils will quiz the panel, which will include Rosenior and former Wales International, Terry Boyle who is the Assistant Manager at Maesydre. Club chairman Steve Hughes will also be at the event, which is another feather in the cap of the club, which works very hard to bolster their links with the schools and the community.

Show Racism the Red Card are extremely pleased to continue our programme of educational events around Wales. Welshpool Town FC have given great support to our campaign and we very much look forward to what will be a memorable event


Sunil Patel said,

"Show Racism the Red Card are extremely pleased to continue our programme of educational events around Wales. Welshpool Town FC have given great support to our campaign and we very much look forward to what will be a memorable event."

Club Chairman and Managing Director Steve Hughes added,

"We are strongly behind the campaign and its aims, our football club doesn't tolerate any form of racism and I feel it is important to educate young people as early as possible that racism is not acceptable".

The Show Racism the Red Card campaign in Wales is working together with the National Assembly for Wales, UNISON, Sports Council of Wales, FAW and the Welsh Football Trust, to combat racism in football but also to take our anti-racism message into the Welsh community.

Rosenior, 43, from London, played for Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and West Ham United as a striker in the 1980's and also played for England Under 21, as well as winning a full-cap for Sierra Leone. He then became one of the few black football managers in England, and after his first job in Management at Gloucester City, he took charge of Bristol City, Merthyr Tydfil, Torquay United, Shrewsbury Town (first team coach) and Brentford. He also works frequently for BBC as a pundit and has recently been working on the African Cup of Nations.

Rosenior has spoken openly about the racism that he experienced as a player and a manager in football, and he has spoken out publicly about his belief that there is a 'glass ceiling' holding back qualified black coaches from getting the top jobs - An idea that has been echoed by former Cwmbran Town Manager Sean Wharton.

For further information: contact Sunil on 07989 191788.

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