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Nottingham Forest to develop links with Jamaican community

7 December 2017

Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce plans to develop links with the Jamaican community in the city.

Please see the following club statement:

At a working meeting hosted by the High Commissioner of Jamaica to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan and attended by the visiting Jamaican Minister of Transport and Mining, The Hon Lester Michael Henry, the Jamaican representatives met with the Chief Executive Officer of Nottingham Forest Football Club to discuss the possibility of co-operation between the parties during the period of 2018-20. This period coincides with the two years that mark the 40th Anniversaries of NFFC's back to back successes in the European Cup in 1978/79. Furthermore, Nottingham is an English City with one of the largest Jamaican diaspora communities, and the period of proposed co-operation coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the 'Windrush' which was the first of many boats that carried hundreds of Jamaicans to the United Kingdom in order to help with the rebuilding of parts of UK industry which had been lost during WW II.

The unique victories for NFFC in Europe 40 years ago and the arrival of a large labour force in Nottingham from Jamaica 70 years ago are two events that NFFC believes can unite Nottingham's large Jamaican population together with the Club as it embarks on a major programme next year to promote diversity and build relationships with the City's minority population.

"Naturally, we shall be celebrating our Club's amazing past achievements with a series of events over the two-year period, starting in June of next year, but we want to make sure that one of the most vibrant communities in our midst is recognised and welcome to the Club", said Ioannis Vrentzos, who attended the London meeting representing the Owner Evangelos Marinakis.

"This is a truly exciting opportunity for our community who are ardent sports fans and lovers of football to join in the celebrations not only of Nottingham Forest FC but to also to commemorate the arrival of many of their fathers, uncles, mothers and aunts to the UK's shores in 1958 and beyond. From what I have learned, there will be dozens of Jamaican events with our main exports, being Reggae and our delicious dishes, to be attended also by our Reggae artists and sportsmen and women; the High Commission in close cooperation with the Government of Jamaica, Nottingham Forest's Board and Management and the local and regional authorities will support the festivities and events with dedication and a very much hands-on approach", said High Commissioner Ramocan.

Visiting Transport and Mining Minister Lester Michael Henry, a football fan in his own right and Chairman of Jamaican Premier League Club Humble Lions - a permanent fixture in Jamaica's top tier football – also recognises a series of opportunities for his team and Jamaican Football as a whole to co-operate with the Nottingham Club: "There are innumerable opportunities between our clubs in all areas of football that offer themselves for a long-term co-operation and I am excited by the new Owners' vision and dedication to go beyond the average and seek new avenues, a new vision to foster relationships across the water and with a region that is closely tied to the UK and vice-versa."

The plans for the 2018-2020 celebrations and those for the active inclusion of the Jamaican diaspora in Nottingham Forest's football activities are being finalised at this time and will be gradually rolled out as of the second quarter of 2018.

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