The FA has launched “COACH” to inspire coaches from black and minority ethnic communities. Pathways into football for Black and Minority Ethnic coaches was under the spotlight when The FA premiered a brand new film at Wembley Stadium earlier this summer.
The film covers a point that is clear for everyone to see, but is probably not talked about and challenged as much as it should be: the lack of black coaches at the top level. While 20% of professional footballers are black, the equivalent in terms of managers is much, much lower. So while one in five players are black, there are currently no black managers in the Premier League. That’s zero in twenty!
This film is backed by all the big players: the Premier League, Football League, LMA, PFA and Kick It Out. Titled COACH, the full film is 11 minutes in total and features interviews with some of the few black and minority managers in this country: England coaches Noel Blake and Hope Powell plus Birmingham City’s Chris Hughton and Chris Powell of Charlton Athletic.
The production of COACH has been managed by FA consultant Brendon Batson on behalf of The Football Association, with the film aiming to show coaching as a full-time career for the BME community while promoting Black and Minority Ethnic coaches as role models. This is vitally important in reversing some of the statistics outlined above.
Here’s a taster of the COACH video…
For more information log onto TheFA.com/coach.
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