KICK IT OUT DAY OF ACTION 2007

During October the education department celebrated Black History Month in local schools and libraries.

Children from schools across Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham were treated to a visit from Paul Canoville, the club's first black football player.

Canners supported a number of initiatives, aimed at encouraging youngsters and their families to give prejudice the boot and, over the course of the month, he met over 1,000 learners.

Paul gave a talk about his life and experiences and answered questions the pupils had prepared for him. Children also enjoyed watching a short computer animated film of his life story, which was made by pupils on the Club's Education through Football (ETF) project.

Education events ran throughout the Kick it Out campaign's week of action, including an anti-racism poster competition. The eight lucky winners were chosen to lead the Club's official day of action, bringing the 'One Game, One Community' flag out onto the pitch before the exciting match against Manchester City.

The youngsters and their parents were treated to a VIP day out in the Hub, before being photographed on the pitch, where Carlo Cudicini came to have a peek at their winning posters.

To mark the occasion, the Blues warmed up in Kick It Out T-shirts while Didier Drogba and Michael Essien's charity single 'Skin' was played. A great start to a great game and a day the youngsters will remember for the rest of their lives.