Black History Month Event with Carlisle United

A Q&A with Carlisle United players, in support of #BHM2022

In support of Black History Month 2022, Cumberland FA are staging a Q&A with current Carlisle United players Tobi Sho-Silva and Omari Patrick, plus our own BAME Referee Ambassador, Dan Forbes.

Tobi and Patrick are both forwards at Carlisle United and originally from the London area.

Dan is a Level 5 Senior County Referee and a secondary school art teacher, who is based in Carlisle.

The 40 minute online meeting will be conducted via Zoom and will be a chance to hear about their journey into football and hear some of their stories as we celebrate Black History Month within the County FA.

Please use the link below and complete the form to reserve your place for the upcoming session on Friday 21st October 2022, starting at 7pm.


Scott Taylor, Cumberland FA RDO, said: “The Cumberland FA recently created the role of BAME Referee Ambassador for the County FA and were delighted when Carlisle-based Dan Forbes accepted the post and committed to supporting us with our EDI work and raising BAME awareness across Cumberland.

"At the beginning of the season myself and Dan attended the Inaugural BAME Referee Conference in Birmingham, which was held at Villa Park (home of Aston Villa Football Club). As October approached, we wanted to do something for Black History Month and so I messaged my friend and current professional footballer Tobi Sho-Silva at Carlisle United to see if he could help support the Cumberland FA again with his time.

"He agreed instantly and has persuaded fellow teammate Omari Patrick to also take part in an online Q&A session with myself and Dan on Friday 21st October via Zoom. We are keen to get as many of our grassroots participants (referees, coaches, players, etc) on the call, which starts at 7pm, as possible and would be delighted if a few Carlisle United supporters joined us too.”