Kick It Out duo feature on Football’s Black List 2016
Kick It Out Chair, Lord Herman Ouseley, and the organisation’s Education Officer, Hayley Bennett, have both been named on Football’s Black List for 2016.
They sit alongside a host of names, including Yaya Touré and Daniel Sturridge, who have all been celebrated by the black community and football industry.
Lord Herman Ouseley is named in the ‘Administration’ category and Hayley is included in the ‘Ones to watch’ section.
Commenting upon the acknowledgment of Hayley’s work, Lord Ouseley added: “We’re proud and equally pleased for Hayley to receive such high recognition from Football’s Black List 2016. It is completely deserved for what she has achieved in a relatively short space of time at Kick It Out.
“Hayley has made a huge impact on Kick It Out’s education work and we’re looking forward to seeing how she’ll continue to develop the programme going forward.”
Manchester City and Ivory Coast star, Touré, and Liverpool and England striker, Sturridge, are among the names revealed today on Football’s Black List – an initiative celebrating influential black individuals in British football.
The initiative, founded in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds, highlights movers and shakers from the black community in the sport. A judging panel of experts from the community and football industry looked at hundreds of nominations before deciding who made the final list.
This year’s list, published in The Voice Newspaper, also features Matt Alexander, CEO of Notts County Ladies, the first black CEO since Jason Rockett at Sheffield United back in 2005, and Dame Heather Rabbatts, the first black FA board member.
The Football Black List provides an opportunity to reflect on the diversity within the industry, whilst also facilitating discussions surrounding how best to address the under-representation of people from African-Caribbean backgrounds.
The list recognises people across six categories: media, administration, coaching and management, commercial and community and players.
A brand new section, ‘Ones to Watch’, recognises those whose current activities look set to springboard them onto even greater accomplishments in the near future.
Rodney Hinds, co-founder of Football Black List, said: “Football’s Black List celebrates the contribution of the community across the game. The list focuses not only on the pitch, but also those who work tirelessly behind the scenes and the champions at grassroots level, often referred to as the lifeblood of the beautiful game.
“There are some new names this year and that is further evidence of the growing influence of our community within the game. To the esteemed panel, myself and Football Black List co-founder Leon Mann give many thanks.”
Leon Mann, co-founder of Football Black List, added: “Black players make up more than 30% of professional footballers across the 92 clubs but away from the field the community is hugely under-represented. We have just one CEO across the men’s and women’s top levels. There isn’t one black chairperson. There are just three black managers.
“This is why it is vital to highlight our role models and pioneers working in the administration of the game, in the dug outs and within the media. The list also pays tribute to the amazing black people working at community and grassroots level.
“By shining a light on black achievers and raising meaningful debate about under representation we hope the initiative is having an impact and will accelerate efforts to see a more diverse football industry.”
COMMUNITY and GRASSROOTS
• Michael Johnson, The SPTT
• Celia Facey, Arsenal in the Community
• Helen Nkwocha, Grassroots coach
• Donald Forde, Crystal Palace Foundation
• Tobi Alabi, Heart 4 More Foundation
COACHING and MANAGEMENT
• Dennis Lawrence, First team development coach, Everton FC
• Darren Moore, Professional development phase coach, WBA
• Chris Hughton, Manager, Brighton and Hove Albion
• Keith Curle, Manager, Carlisle United
• Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink, Manager, QPR
PLAYERS – OFF THE PITCH
• Alastair Patrick Heselton, CP Football, Paralympics GB
• Eni Aluko, Chelsea and England
• Alex Scott, Arsenal and England
• Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool and England
• Yaya Toure, Manchester City and Ivory Coast
• Samantha Johnson, TRT Sports Correspondent
• Rachel Yankey, BBC Sport pundit and CBBC presenter
• Jermaine Jenas, BBC Sport pundit
• Stephen Lyle, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
• Poet, Presenter, Copa90
• Matt Alexander, Nott County Ladies CEO
• Dame Heather Rabbatts, FA Board member
• Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out chair
• Les Ferdinand, QPR director of football
• Michael Emenalo, Chelsea technical director
• Marcia Willis-Stewart, Lawyer
• Andy Ansah, Director, Sport on Screen
• Rayan Wilson, Elite Performance Expert, Back 2 Action
• Louis Saha, Axis Stars
• Aidy Ward, Agent
ONES TO WATCH….
• Mimi Fawaz, Media
• Hayley Bennett, Community and Education
• Ugo Ehiogu, Coaching and Management
• Terry Angus, Adminstration
• Jeanette Kwakye, Media
• Jason Euell, Coaching and Management
• Gavin Rose, Coaching and Management
• Carlton Fairweather, Coaching and Management
• Christina Oshodi, Community and Grassroots
• Kadeem Simmonds, Media