Helping to achieve a level playing field for all

While the governing bodies in English football have done a lot to kick racism out of the beautiful game, there is still more to be done. There are simply not enough black coaches and managers in the top level of football, but the FA has made a significant step to address this.

The FA has launched “COACH” to inspire coaches from black and minority ethnic communities. Backed by the Premier League, Football League, LMA, PFA and Kick It Out, the full 11 minute film is titled COACH and aims to show coaching as a full-time career for the BME community, while promoting Black and Minority Ethnic coaches as role models.

Through highlighting coaching opportunities to the BME community, The FA hopes to encourage greater participation at grassroots level and guide aspiring coaches towards the relevant qualifications on the coaching pathway.

FA Chairman, David Bernstein, commented: “We want football to be able to draw on coaches from the widest possible talent pool and I hope that the COACH film will inspire a new generation of BME coaches to follow in Noel and Hope’s footsteps.”

Premier League General Secretary, Nic Coward, said: “Quality coaching is vitally important and we all want to see coaches of the best ability being given the opportunity to progress in the game regardless of their backgrounds.”

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA commented: “The COACH film is a fantastic production which provides valuable information and highlights coaching opportunities to the BME community. Football and football management continues to make steps on the journey towards diversity and ensuring there is a level playing field for all.”

Hopefully there will be plenty more Paul Ince’s around in the future. Look out for England coaches Noel Blake and Hope Powell plus Birmingham City’s Chris Hughton and Chris Powell of Charlton Athletic in the video below…

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