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Stoke City Women’s head coach Alena Moulton on why black history is so important

Stoke City Women’s coach Alena Moulton says constant education about black history must continue beyond the annual month of celebration held in the United Kingdom during October.

UK Black History Month drew to a close last weekend, but Moulton, who is of Jamaican descent, would like to see a more regular focus on black culture and the black experience.

“Black History is me. That’s my life. Every day I’m black,” Moulton told the Women’s Football Show.

“And it’s brilliant to be able to educate as many different students as possible and have those conversations with them.”

Derby-born Moulton stepped up from her role as first-team coach to take charge at Stoke having previously coached Nottingham Forest Ladies.

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She has been coaching since she was a teenager but there have been uncomfortable moments during her career on the touchline. Subtle racism is something the 29-year-old says she has had to deal with, particularly as a coach.

“I’ve experienced racism, I’ve experienced subtle racism and the micro-aggressions that come with it.

“I experienced it when I was younger and I was just somebody who brushed things to one side and didn’t really care, but did it affect me?

“Not at the time, I’d probably say no but now I probably look back and think those things are part of my journey.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint the one particular thing that’s an issue [with subtle racism]. If someone makes a racial comment to you, you know exactly what it is, there is no grey area about it, but with subtle racism, not everybody understands the context behind it. I have probably experienced more of that’s a coach than as a player.”

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