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7 March 2005 PR 05/17

Cricketer to open exhibition celebrating Britain's Black sporting heroes

Leicestershire and former England cricketer Phil DeFreitas will join Loughborough University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace, on 14 March to open a compelling exhibition celebrating Britain’s Black sporting heroes.

The Black Gold exhibition presents the stories of five individuals – footballers Andrew Watson, Arthur Wharton and Walter Tull, cricketer Charles Ollivierre and rugby player Jimmy Peters – who are united by their enduring status as pre-First World War sports stars, having played their sport at the highest level within an exclusively white society.

The exhibition also features a series of specially commissioned portrait photographs of eight Black British sports women – including Olympic gold medallists Denise Lewis and Tessa Sanderson, and Hope Powell, coach of the England women’s football team – whose achievements have overcome race, gender and class barriers to mark important chapters in British history.

Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace, said: “At Loughborough we are very proud of our own history – the foundation for our growing reputation in research and teaching, which has seen us move into the top ten in the Times Good University Guide. I am convinced that an environment for students, staff and visitors which is free from discrimination in any form is vital for our continuing success.”

The exhibition – in the James France Building, Loughborough University – is open to the public now and runs until 29 April 2005. For opening times, please contact Lesley Mansell, tel: 01509 228024.

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Notes to editors

  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the launch, which will take place on Monday 14 March at 4pm in the James France Building, Loughborough University. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, on 01509 222239, in advance, if you would like to attend.

  2. The Black Gold Exhibition was originally organised by the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton.

  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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