A new exhibition opening at Manchester’s National Football Museum has brought  together nine commissioned pieces of artwork from Manchester-based artists who have each selected a hero from the footballing world to honour.

It will explore each hero’s journey and the steps taken to complete a mission, explore their call to action, skills they equip themselves with and their learnings.

Lucy Clark, who opened the new exhibition, said: “It has been a privilege to unveil the MARKERS exhibition and see the space being explored by so many children, whilst they learn about mine and so many other interesting stories.
“Football means so much to me. Like so many, it is more than just a game to me. I want others to share that same positive experience I have had and use it as a platform to overcome some of the challenges in our society today. I am honored to have been included in this exhibition and hope that it can educate and provide inspiration to the next generation on the positive impact the game can have.”
In 2019, Lucy became the first openly transgender football referee in the world. She has now gone on to become the Manager for Sutton United’s women’s team and remains a key role model in the LGBTQ+ community.

Tim Desmond, CEO at National Football Museum, said: “At National Football Museum, we believe football is important. As a game, yes, and its role in society. Football is a part of so much of people’s lives. It creates impact, positivity and it disrupts, which is explored in MARKERS.
“Our new message of Football Matters is highlighting that football isn’t just about spectating. It’s about being there, being involved, coming together, no matter who you are of why you love it. And that is what people can expect when they come to the National Football Museum.
“MARKERS uses creativity for exploration, learning, debate and celebration, as we highlight some of the most recognisable faces in football and shine the spotlight on some of the lesser-publicised success they have had off the pitch. We cannot wait to see visitors enjoying MARKERS as it is not one to be missed!”
MARKERS will open to the public on May 17 and run till January 2025.


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