English Championship club Birmingham City is to rename its Fridays Family Zone to Arthur’s Area, in memory of Blues fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
Labinjo-Hughes was killed in 2020 at the age of six by his father Thomas Hughes and his step mother Emma Tustin, who were jailed for manslaughter and murder.
The club has also planned to incorporate two memorial bricks into its stadium, St Andrew’s, as a lasting tribute to the six-year-old.
The area, which has been renamed with support from sponsor Fridays, will be a fun-filled space for young supporters to enjoy before kick-off. Planned activities will be arranged for each match and information points will be installed by children’s charities in order to help prevent child abuse.
Local stencil artist Disney will create new designs in Arthur’s Area to “ensure his memory lives on” according to a statement from Birmingham City.
The statement also said: “Furthermore, plans are in place to create a memorial garden in Arthur’s name at St. Andrew’s where supporters can take a quiet moment to remember him, and all their loved ones who have passed away.
“The club will share the designs with supporters when they have been finalised.”