Football & BAME Coaching
Premier League, EFL & PFA announce coaching Scheme
Premier League, EFL and PFA announce scheme to attract more coaches from BAME community.
English football reveals new coaching scheme for BAME players
The scheme will be open to all PFA members from a black, Asian or other ethnic minority background and will initially provide up to six coaches per season with a 23-month placement at an EFL club
A placement scheme has been set up with a view to improving the representation of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds in the coaching ranks. The Premier League, English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association have worked together to set up the player-to-coach scheme, designed to assist players make the transition at the end of their playing careers.
The scheme will be open to all PFA members from a black, Asian or other ethnic minority background and will initially provide up to six coaches per season with a 23-month placement at an EFL club. Jointly funded by the Premier League and the PFA, it will have its first intake for the 2020-21 season.
Since last summer EFL clubs have been required to interview at least one candidate from an ethnic minority background for every coaching or managerial vacancy when they run a full recruitment process with a shortlist.
EFL chief executive David Baldwin said about the new scheme: “It is imperative that the appropriate pathways are in place to provide BAME representatives with the opportunities to make the transition from playing to coaching.
“We know the game needs to do more to ensure the diversity and inclusivity we see on the pitch week in, week out, leads to better representation in coaching and managing if we are to embed significant change for the future.”
Source: Premier League, English Football League and PFA