SRtRC Honorary Patron recognised for his work in developing young people
(Curtis pictured at last season's educational event with Bolton Wanderers FC)
Curtis Fleming, former professional footballer with Republic of Ireland Middlesbrough FC, Crystal Palace FC and Darlington FC and current Bolton Wanderers FC assistant manager, was awarded the youth achievement award for his work in developing young people at the Tees Valley BME Awards on Friday 26th September.
Curtis is one of the SRtRC campaign’s longest serving supporters and was recognised for his support in the official nomination for the award:
“Curtis was a professional footballer for Darlington and Middlesbrough football teams and was an assistant coach at Boro, and had a good reputation with the fans. He has worked unstintingly with Show Racism the Red Card for many years, going into schools delivering anti-racism education and awareness, and speaking at many events throughout the UK, as well as coaching young people in Football.
“Curtis was the first president of the first anti-deportation campaign in the north east - the Abdul Kadir Campaign (which was successful following a two year campaign). Curtis was the only Middlesbrough footballer that was prepared to sign a card to Tony Blair asking for Abdul to be granted leave to remain.
“Curtis has been an active patron of Justice First for over 6 years, and has helped to run, organise and publicise (in the media) the Justice First annual football tournament during Refugee Week, that brings people from all backgrounds together to play football. The whole Fleming family have volunteered for Justice First, with his partner, Lucie volunteering in the JF office every week for almost 3 years, and their three daughters helping with fundraising events and IT support.
“Football, and footballers who have hero status, is a fantastic vehicle to promote the anti-racist message and Curtis has been a leading light, particularly in the north east/Tees Valley in promoting the important anti-racist message. His commitment to this cause in the Tees Valley has continued despite having to find work outside the area. This to me makes Curtis Fleming someone who should be recognised at the BME awards 2014.”
The Tees Valley BME awards began in 2009 to recognise the wealth of achievement and contribution BME individuals and groups are making in the region.
Everyone at SRtRC would like to extend their congratulations to Curtis for this award and to thanks to Tees Valley BME Awards for recognising his brilliant contributions.