Curtis Fleming gave up some of his time recently to help a new programme devised to encourage cohesion across multi-ethnic communities in the North-East.
The Pools Assistant Manager spoke to Challenging Youth Racism about his experiences of discrimination and his ongoing work with the Show Racism The Red Card campaign.
Working in partnership with Teesside University, Challenging Youth Racism is aiming to reduce hate crime and the prevalence of youth racism in the region by providing education and support.
“For me, football was brilliant because it broke down a lot of barriers, but sometimes people don’t have football or sport,” Fleming explained.
“By talking about my experiences of racism I don’t think I have set out to change the world, I just want to change the life of one person.
“If just one kid can hear that we’ve experienced problems and had to deal with them, and then realises they have a voice and can talk to someone about it then it’s very important and it inspires me.”