Kick It Out statement on EFL Voluntary Code findings for 2016/17 season
Following publication of the English Football League’s (EFL) review of the mandatory recruitment code for their clubs at Academy level and the voluntary recruitment code for first-team football during 2016/17, football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out has issued the following statement:
Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out Chair, said:
“The EFL deserves praise for getting this pilot off the ground.
“While it has not as yet yielded the results which many hope it would, it nevertheless took us further than before because some Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) qualified coaches got interviews for academy posts and 11 actually got jobs, which is better than what has gone before.
“There is a genuine commitment from the EFL to move forward positively, and they require the support and encouragement from everyone who share in seeing the game become more inclusive and better for everyone.
“One of the clear lessons to learn from the pilot is that there needs to be greater investment in supporting more BAME coaches to be appropriately qualified, supported through the processes, and when qualified, to be considered for appointment through fair, competitive and equitable selection processes.
“The EFL has a big job to persuade all of its 72 clubs to adopt open, transparent, accessible and accountable recruitment policies and process for all its employment opportunities and to make them mandatory as part of the League’s regulations.
“For maximum effectiveness, that would have to be backed up by penalties and sanctions for non-compliance because, as the pilot shows, clubs have got away with doing little or nothing to achieve fair outcomes. That position is untenable and unacceptable in 2017.
“The EFL is not the only part of football where this form of discrimination and exclusion exists. The whole professional game, and significant parts of the grassroots game, require root and branch reform.
“Off the field of play, the representation of BAME people is shameful, with some of the more menial tasks and relatively low paid positions likely to be occupied disproportionately by BAME people.
“The football authorities, including The FA, the Premier League, the EFL and their clubs mostly oversee regimes that are largely white-run and white-male dominated, with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic faces almost non-existent in middle, senior and executive decision-making positions.
“Football, as a whole, has to build on that, learn from this EFL pilot and adopt and implement coherently the essential and achievable policies, programmes and actions immediately to build the public trust and confidence that it is serious about making the game diverse, equal and inclusive FOR ALL.”