Black and Asian Coaches Association to commemorate Keith Alexander
Aspiring coaches are invited to join the Black and Asian Coaches Association this Thursday (18 March) in commemorating the late Keith Alexander.
The forum, backed by Kick It Out, will see former stars Paul Davis, Brendon Batson and Robbie Earle join an audience of up and coming coaches to mark the passing of the professional game’s first black manager.
The event takes place at the Ron Harris Suite at Chelsea Football Club from 6pm. Ex-England full back Chris Powell said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to cross paths with players from across the world and from all walks of life.
“But in terms of leadership and dedication, Keith Alexander was head and shoulders above many. He was, and still is, my inspiration to enter football management. His passing gives this meeting added poignancy.”
World Cup 2018 ambassador, Paul Elliott, joined Powell in praising Alexander: “The imbalance of coaches from ethnic minorities we see at the top of the professional game is something that Keith felt passionately about.
“I, and many others, share that passion. Our job is to carry on that baton until this is rectified. For him, and aspiring managers everywhere.”
Brendon Batson, one of the games longest serving anti-discrimination campaigners, said: “This event will provide a fitting way to pay tribute to Keith.
“A key aim of the Black and Asian Coaches Association is to increase the amount of minority coaches at all levels of the game, a notion Keith was a fervent champion of.”
Ex Wimbledon and Jamaica striker, Earle, who’ll be chairing the session, said: “Keith would’ve been here I’m sure. He spoke from the heart, from experience, and honestly about the lack of opportunities for people of colour.
“But he never used that as an excuse, and would say ‘those of us within the game have to keep trying to create the right environment and create opportunities for others’.”