The Emirates FA Cup's NYC takeover saw a special event with the Black Stars programme

Friday 01 Mar 2024
The Emirates FA Cup was a special visitor to Black Stars on Sunday 25 February

The Emirates FA Cup’s New York City takeover this week saw a special linkup with a grassroots scheme in Brooklyn, showcasing the importance of diversity within football during Black History Month in the USA.

Black Star is a pioneering programme dedicated to the growth of football within American Black communities and local youngsters, coaches and volunteers alike had the chance to get up close and personal with the FA Cup trophy.

Through access to football development pathways and immersive real-world and digital experiences, Black Star empowers players and builds fan communities, creating a platform for all individuals to thrive in the world of football.


A celebration of Black football culture, showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of Black communities in both the United States and the United Kingdom, 75 youngsters from the Black community were welcomed to the SoFive venue by former USA international Damarcus Beasley, who played in the FA Cup during his spell with Manchester City.

Beasley shared his own personal journey in the game, spanning both sides of the Atlantic, and offered some invaluable insights to aspiring players as well as having photos with the youngsters alongside the famous trophy.

He then led a football clinic alongside local coaches, with the players split into smaller groups to enjoy five different skills sessions while using official Mitre Emirates FA Cup balls.

All participants then received a special NYC Takeover branded goodie bag with a branded bottle and shirt.

You can find out more about Black Star by visiting their website and you can follow them via their social media channels on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels