Diversity and sporting history

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The people that have contributed to our sporting heritage are as diverse as the UK’s population.

Disabled people

Projects have highlighted the history of disability sports and disabled competitors. The history of British Deaf tennis was researched and recorded by volunteers, and the materials collected given to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Young people explored the hidden history of learning disabled athletes competing in, and being excluded from, the international Paralympic Games. Learning disabled film makers from Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, helped the young people to make a film, including archive footage.

Cultural diversity

Sporting heritage has also been at the heart of projects focused on the diversity of communities across the UK. Manchester Jewish Museum produced a temporary exhibition exploring and celebrating the sporting heritage of the city’s Jewish Community.

Centre Spot CIC worked with young people to deliver an oral history project Out of Africa about the contribution of African professional football players to British football from 1800s to 2000, and their role in tackling racism in football.

Another project looked at 10 traditional Asian games of the early 20th Century, involving the local community in exploring and conserving this heritage for present and future generations to enjoy.

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