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This is Everyone's Game - Black voices

Upper Key Stage 1/Foundation,KS2

This is Everyone's Game - Black voices

Upper Key Stage 1/Foundation, KS2
Diversity, Equality, Identity

Diversity on and off the pitch has been a huge part of the Premier League story over the years.​

This pack celebrates the contribution that football players of African and Caribbean descent have made to the Premier League and English football, with films and stories featuring Divock Origi, Nottingham Forest FC, and Demi Stokes, Manchester City Women's FC.​

Use this pack to support and promote Black History Month. The theme of ‘Saluting our Sisters’ highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.​

This pack promotes class discussion around the themes of diversity and inclusion.


Learning outcomes

Pupils will learn:

  • how diversity makes our society stronger 
  • why we should celebrate different cultures and heritages
  • why it's important to recognise and celebrate black players' contribution to the game of football. 

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Illustration of young Divock Origi.

Illustrated stories - Demi and Divock

These beautifully illustrated presentations tell the stories of star football players, Demi Stokes and Divock Origi, from their childhood dreams to their professional achievements.

Use these stories as part of a PSHE lesson, at any time of the year, on diversity and inclusion.

These stories are written by Sharna Jackson, award-winning children’s author, and illustrated by Anastasia Magloire Williams.

This activity is suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils.


Illustration of Demi Stokes and Divock Origi portraits.

Your hero

Now it's time for pupils to research their own role model and create an illustrated story about them, using the 'My hero writing frame' and 'My hero top tips' for support.

This activity is suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils. 


Divock Origi interview

Divock Origi speaks to Sharna Jackson about his career, his African heritage and what he enjoys about being part of a diverse team.


Demi Stokes interview

Demi Stokes talks to Sharna Jackson about her upbringing, early love of football, and her thoughts about why we should all celebrate our heritage and identity.