Inclusion event for BAME, women and disability coaches to be held at Etihad Stadium
An inclusion event aimed at increasing the number of football coaches from under-represented communities will be hosted at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Tuesday 8 May.
The event is aimed at aspiring football coaches, current coaches from any level or anyone who wants to learn how to create and develop football clubs, how to access coaching courses, to network with experienced coaches and FA coach mentors, or aspires to develop a professional career within football.
The event, hosted by Creating and Developing Coaches, was founded by Dr Dan Kilvington, Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, and aims to provide a platform for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches, or personnel working with wider under-representative groups, to network with key coaching organisations within the region.
Dr Kilvington is organising the event following a 10-year study into BAME participation football in the UK.
Dr Kilvington said: “These events are important to attempt to increase diversity within football coaching at all levels. Black and Asian coaches in particular are vastly under-represented in the game and that is precisely what this initiative hopes to challenge.
“At present there are only six black managers in English football out of 92 professional clubs, and only 22 BAME senior level football coaches out of 483. This is particularly shocking considering over a quarter of professional footballers are BAME.
“Research has shown that a lack of networks and a small number of role models – among other barriers – has maintained this exclusion. These events provide that networking space, promote opportunities and highlight some of the amazing role models working within the game.”
Previous events have been held at Bradford City, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, West Ham and Burnley. The inclusion organisation has worked with, and supported, over 250 coaches to date and has helped some coaches, for instance, gain full-time employment within football.
The event will be held at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Tuesday 8 May between 7pm to 9.15pm.