BAME proposals

June 5, 2015

Following a unanimous recommendation from The Football League Board, League clubs have given their support to new recommendations from their Chairman Greg Clarke.

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The recommendation is to increase employment opportunities for managers and coaches from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background by promoting open and transparent recruitment practices.

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These proposals were developed after a six-month process of engagement with sports and inclusion campaign organisations in the UK and abroad.

Consultation included The FA, the Premier League, PFA, LMA, Kick it Out, the Sports People’s Think Tank and NFL.

The Football League should:

– Introduce mandatory new recruitment practices in Academy football that would make it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a UEFA B coaching licence. The League should also set a target of between 10% and 20% (to be agreed in due course) of these positions being filled by BAME coaches by 2019.

– Adopt a Voluntary Recruitment Code for first-team football under which clubs would commit to interview a BAME candidate (where an application has been received) for any managerial or coaching position except in the specific instance of an individual being recruited from another club on terms agreed between the two parties.  It is anticipated this would be piloted by five to 10 clubs during 2016/17 ahead of wider adoption.

– Work with relevant stakeholders to introduce processes aimed at identifying current BAME coaches and players with the potential and aspiration to coach in professional football. This would include the creation of a ‘ready-list’ of qualified candidates to be used by clubs when recruiting.

– Cooperate with stakeholders to upskill potential candidates and provide suitable networking opportunities with club decision.

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