TROY DEENEY TO FRONT CHANNEL 4 DOCUMENTARY
Birmingham City footballer Troy Deeney is to front a new Channel 4 documentary after he launched a campaign for black, Asian and ethnic minority histories to be taught in schools.
In the one-hour documentary, titled 'Troy Deeney - Where's My History', the star will speak to celebrities including Anthony Joshua and Big Narstie. Troy will also speak to Education Secretary Nadim Zahawi after launching a petition which has gained over 50,000 signatures.
Troy said: "As the proud father of four children, three of which are currently in the education system, this topic has moved front and centre in my life. I have seen more and more how important it is for my children to be able to see themselves represented in what they are being taught and learn about the contribution and background of people who look like them...
He continued: "The current system is failing children from ethnic minorities. Over the past 18 months nearly 400,000 people have signed petitions calling for more diversity in the national curriculum, yet the teaching of diversity in schools still remains optional and the government’s stock response has been it is down to teachers and schools to teach them...
"The importance of education at an early age to inform identity and combat racist beliefs and stereotypes cannot be understated. I have met some amazing people throughout this journey who have made it their lives’ work to make real change in this area. I have been inspired and enlightened and this is just the start of this journey."
Troy Deeney - Where's My History is set to air next month on Channel 4. Broadcast details will be revealed in due course.