Football Association to invest £1.4m to develop more ethnic minority coaches
The Football Association is to invest more than £1.4 million over the next five seasons to help more coaches from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities develop through to the elite level.
BAME coach bursaries will provide funding for around 80% to 90% of the total course costs at Uefa B, Uefa A, pro licence and advanced youth award levels.
The investment also includes three full-time fixed-term appointments each season which will see coaches gain experience working within the FA’s technical division setup, including England development teams.
Since 2012, 168 BAME coaches have received 228 of the bursaries, some 26 at Uefa A licence level, 66 at UEFA B licence level and 136 youth award modules.
The QPR manager Chris Ramsey and Huddersfield’s Chris Powell have both benefited from such opportunities, along with Ugo Ehiogu, in charge of Tottenham Under-21s, the former Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya and Brian Deane, who recently had a spell in charge at the Norwegian club Sarpsborg.
The FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, hopes the initiatives can continue to have a positive impact on recruitment numbers of BAME coaches at elite level clubs. “We need to give people the confidence that those roles are there and that they are open for everybody. So we say: ‘Get your qualifications, make sure you are in a position where you can do the role.’” Ashworth said.
“From that, we will take a firm stance and a real commitment to try and change the percentages and the numbers to make it more reflective of society and more reflective of people in professional sport and make sure that the coaching, the support positions and influential positions within our game are fully represented.”
From The Guardian