We are proud to have the support of Shaun Campbell, founder of the Arthur Wharton Foundation.
Darlington businessman Shaun has been campaigning for more than 5 years for the recognition of Arthur, who was the world's first black professional footballer
The campaign has received tremendous support, not only for its aim to recgonise Arthur, but also to educate youngsters in cultural understanding. The charity has received the support of FIFA, UEFA and the Football Association, with Shaun presenting plaques and solid bronze maquettes of the player to the presidents of each organisation, who in turn made significant donations towards a life size statue of Arthur planned to be erected in Darlington.
Arthur Wharton moved from Africa's Gold Coast, now Ghana, to the north-east of England in 1883, aged 19. He intended to train as a Methodist preacher at Cleveland College, Darlington, but his talents at sports were spotted and Arthur became goal keeper for Darlington Football Club. It was whilst he was a player at Darlington that in 1886, he became the first world record holder of the 100yard sprint. Arthur was also a British Cycling Champion, professional cricketer and played both codes of rugby. A truly remarkable sportsman.
The Arthur Wharton Foundation and the Sporting Memories Network share many similar values and aims; celebrating sports heritage, education and sport bringing communities together.