Sol Campbell among group of black and ethnic minority coaches called up to work with England as FA look to increase diversity in national teams.

The FA have fulfilled a commitment to increase the diversity of their coaching set-up and, as reported by The Times, four big names are on their way to St George’s Park.

Campbell, former Wolves boss Terry Connor and Chelsea’s loan technical coach Eddie Newton will join up with Aidy Boothroyd’s Under 21s squad for two upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland.


Paul Nevin, currently Chris Hughton’s first-team coach at Brighton, will help Gareth Southgate for next month’s games against the USA and Croatia, but will not be involved for the upcoming Nations League matches in October.

Southgate is in favour of the FA’s commitment to increase opportunities for BAME coaches, but did not want to upset the balance of his team this close to two important competitive fixtures.

England face Croatia and Spain on the 12th and 15th of October respectively, and Southgate will continue to work with his current crop of coaches, including trusted assistant Steve Holland.

The Times report that each of the four coaches will be rotated between the senior and U21s squads, meaning that each get the chance to work with the country’s top players.

The FA’s big move is part of a three-year ‘diversity and inclusivity’ plan called ‘In Pursuit of Progress’, which committed to assign a BAME coach to all 28 England teams.

Southgate was criticised by former footballer turned pundit Garth Crooks in the summer for not taking a BAME coach to the World Cup in Russia.

Speaking in March, Crooks said: ‘This is a monumental error of judgement from the England manager.

‘He has no idea what he could be subjecting his black players to.

‘If Gareth Southgate does not take a Chris Powell or a Chris Ramsey to Russia and our black players are subjected to racial abuse then it is a dereliction of his duty. They need support.’


Source – Daily Mail

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FA Plans for Diversity

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Pursuit in Progress is the associations new plan to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in football.

The Football Association has announced its new three year equality, diversity and inclusion plan called In Pursuit of Progress.

The new plan is part of The FA’s commitment, announced in January, to ensure the diversity of those leading and governing football better reflects what we see on the modern pitch.

In Pursuit of Progress is a new strategy that will deliver initiatives primarily focused around gender and ethnicity across The FA’s general workforce and leadership roles, including coaching staff across the England teams.

The FA’s three-year plan focuses on The FA and its culture, the support structures around the England teams, the grassroots workforce and inclusion programmes across the game.

In 2014, The FA introduced English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and has continued to make good progress to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across English football. This includes the formation of The FA Inclusion Advisory Board, strict anti-discrimination regulations with robust reporting mechanisms and tough sanctions across the game, clear inclusion structures for every County FA, with many progressing through the levels of the Equality Standard for Sport, and meeting Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

As a result, The FA’s current workforce consists of 32 per cent female staff, 13 per cent staff from BAME backgrounds and has an average age of 37.

Today, The FA has set out a new focused, challenging and achievable set of targets that have deliberately chosen to help drive faster and more meaningful change within the organisation.

These changes will make The FA a more diverse organisation that will, it hopes, better reflect modern-day football and society, while also helping to bring down barriers and inspire the next generation.

These new targets, which aim to be completed by 2021, initially focus on improving opportunities around gender and ethnicity, however The FA will continue to work with and support all under-represented groups.

Paul Elliott, chair of the Inclusion Advisory Board, said: “This new plan signifies The FA’s determination to accelerate the pace of change of the organisation and taking a real leadership role.

“Since 2016, The FA has more than doubled the number of senior women – including now having t h r e e women on t h e F A Board. BAME representation at The FA has also improved greatly over recent years, but we know there is room for improvement. “This new commitment from The FA proves that they are redoubling their efforts to bring our great sport together.”


FA chairman Greg Clarke, below, said: “As the governing body of English football we want to lead the way in equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also benefit the organisation greatly. A diverse workforce is an effective workforce and we want The FA to reflect modern society in this country.

“It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive for all.”

Source – The Voice Online

Black, Asian and minority ethnic coaches (BAME) will be offered work placements with senior England teams to help increase diversity in football.

It is one of the measures outlined by the Football Association in a new equality action plan.

The FA said in January it was working on plans to increase equality in the organisation and the wider sport.

“We want the FA to reflect modern society in this country,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said.

“It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive for all.”

The three-year action plan, called In Pursuit of Progress, puts forward a range of measures and targets it wants to hit by 2021.

It is designed to address recruitment, identify and nurture talent from different backgrounds and narrow the gender pay gap from the highest levels of the FA down to grassroots level.

Targets include:

  • Increasing England’s BAME coaching staff from the current level of 13% to 20% and female coaches from 26% to 29% by 2021
  • Raising the number of women in leadership roles from 30% to 40% and BAME leaders from 5% to 11%
  • The FA also wants to increase the amount of women and girls participating in football by 75% over the next three years.

Some of the changes have been driven by the Eniola Aluko controversy, after the then-Chelsea Ladies striker said she was victimised for reporting discrimination in the England camp.

“Naturally I welcome any initiative to champion the causes of diversity and inclusion in football – however long it takes to arrive. I look forward to supporting the FA in its aims and objectives in this area,” said Herman Ouseley, chairman of campaign group Kick It Out. – Kick it out have also been shortlisted for the 2018 National Diversity Awards!

What is the FA planning to do?

The FA says it will introduce an NFL-style ‘Rooney Rule’ to ensure at least one BAME candidate is interviewed for any England role “if a suitably-qualified BAME candidate applies” – a measure first outlined earlier this year.

“Of the 23-man squad which competed so well this summer in the Fifa World Cup in Russia, 12 were black or mixed-background,” an FA spokesperson said.

“They are a vibrant, modern team that represents England at its best. It is our ambition that our coaching and support staff better reflect what’s been achieved on the pitch.”

Other measures include:

  • Providing 12-month placements for BAME male and female coaches throughout the national teams’ structure.
  • Recruiting and training more coaches for disability football
  • Funding two grassroots officers at anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out to help county FAs to improve their inclusion
  • Running campaigns to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players and fans
  • Promoting awareness of colour blindness in football
  • Developing extra support for mental health and emotional well-being
  • Offering more than 800 Uefa B coaching licence bursaries to BAME and female coaches over the next three years and 75 Uefa A bursaries
  • Undertaking more research into workplace barriers for BAME coaches.

Source: BBC Sport


The England Footballers’ Foundation was set up by a players’ committee in 2007 and has since raised over £5million

Indeed, it is something which England’s national side has, as a collective, done for over a decade, through the England Footballers Foundation.

The EFF was established by the players’ committee back in 2007, led by captain David Beckham and including the likes of John Terry and Gary Neville, to enable squads to collectively donate match fees and time during get togethers in support of good causes.

“As an England captain, and player, you have a responsibility to give back,” says Beckham.

“Not only are we proud of playing for our country, but we know we can do certain things off the pitch to raise awareness,” says Frank Lampard.

“As an ex-England player I was proud to do that and I’m very proud that the current England players are doing the same.”

The EFF has proudly worked with many charities since its inception, including UNICEF, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes and The Honeypot Children’s Charity.

The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research is another, and they are currently benefiting from players’ donating their match fees in a bid to tackle bowel cancer and raise awareness of its symptoms, the disease having claimed the life of the only England World Cup-winning captain at senior level, at the age of 51.

The EFF has raised over £5million in the last 11 years.

England players will benefit to the tune of £5million if they win the World Cup – £215,000 per man. They have all already earned £54,000 each after reaching the first knockout stage.

When not at major competitions, England players receive in the region of £1,500 for a winning a qualifier/friendly international, £1,000 for a draw and £500 for a defeat.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn spoke on the subject last year, ahead of a World Cup qualifier with Slovenia, when asked about Three Lions players and whether they care about playing for their country.

I get absolutely indignant about the suggestion that players when they play for England don’t really care because it’s not anything like my experience.

“They don’t take a penny in match fees, they give it to charity.”

Source – The Daily Mirror

England kicked off their World Cup campaign  by putting their faith in youth as they took on Tunisia and won the game by 2 goals to nil with a late winner from the captain, Harry Kane. Gareth Southgate’s squad have the lowest average age and the fewest caps won of any of the 32 teams at the tournament. Only three of the squad – Gary Cahill, Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy – had even been born when Gazza’s (Paul Gascoigne) tears captured a nation’s hearts at Italia ’90. Yet while the team’s youth has been the subject of much hype, another factor about this England squad has not captured any headlines: this is the most ethnically diverse squad that England has ever taken to the World Cup.

Eleven of the squad of 23 are black or of mixed ethnicity, compared to six England players who went to the World Cup in 2014, and nine at the last European Championships two years ago. Little or no attention has been paid to this. Why? Because there are now few things more normal, or less controversial, than cheering on a multi-ethnic football team. Yet while the current team’s diversity is taken for granted, this is only a relatively recent change.

Until Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’ moment in the quarter-final in Mexico in 1986, no black footballer had ever played for England at a World Cup finals. But in the last 15 minutes of that game, John Barnes came on as a substitute and did his best to turn the game around – creating one goal for Gary Lineker and almost setting up an equaliser too. Of course, Barnes wasn’t the first black player to win an England cap. That honour belonged to full-back Viv Anderson, who played for his country in 1978. Yet while the talent of either player was not in doubt, Barnes and Anderson’s inclusion in the England team was not welcomed by all. When John Barnes scored his greatest ever goal, a mazy run through the Brazil defence in the Maracana Stadium, to put England two-nil up, a section of the England support, infiltrated by the National Front, chanted “one-nil, one-nil” on the grounds that black goals didn’t count.

Others didn’t even wait for black England players to take to the pitch to let their feelings be known. The late, great Cyrille Regis, who died this year, wrote in his autobiography about his experience of being selected to play for his country in 1982, and arriving at the West Brom ground to find a pile of fan mail:

‘Clearly, someone didn’t approve of my selection, because they had cut out individual letters from a newspaper and stuck them on a sheet of paper to spell out a message that read ‘If you put your foot on our Wembley turf, you’ll get one of these through your knees’. I looked back into the envelope and there was a cotton wool pad wrapped around something. I took it out, opened it up, and there it was: a bullet staring up at me. I’ve still got it to this day. The letter soon got binned, but I kept the bullet as a reminder of the force of anger and evil that some people had within them back then. For the rest of my days, it was also a motivation, a reminder that these people were not going to stop me’

Of course, racism has not gone away. Danny Rose, Ashley Young and other England players have expressed their concerns about the possibility that racism may rear its ugly face on the Russian terraces. Yet back home, thirty years of change on the field has meant that English people, whatever their faith or background, feel proud of their team: three quarters of the general public (74 per cent) and of ethnic minorities (74 per cent) say that the England squad is a symbol of the country that belongs to people of every race and ethnic background, according to a Survation poll for British Future. That means there is a higher level of support for England’s football team than for the St George’s flag or a St George’s Day party.

England does not expect our team to bring the trophy back home from Russia this year, though a couple of good results against Tunisia and Panama would see fans start to believe that we might progress to the quarter-finals, or even possibly further. In 1996, Baddiel and Skinner sang about ‘thirty years of hurt’. Yet while England have failed to match their success in 1966, the acceptance of England’s richly diverse squad shows that English football isn’t all doom and gloom. The trophy cabinet might be relatively empty, but thirty years of change has given us an England team that belongs to us all.

Source: Blog Spectator

A raft of women and ethnic minority MPs have been promoted in Theresa May’s reshuffle, as the Prime Minister sought to tackle criticism over the diversity of her new Cabinet.

She hailed a Government that “looks more like the country it serves”, acting on calls from some in her own party to push fresh talent up the ranks.

Mrs May declared in a statement: “This Government is about building a country fit for the future – one that truly works for everyone with a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“This reshuffle helps us do just that by bringing fresh talent into Government, boosting delivery in key policy areas like housing, health and social care, and ensuring the Government looks more like the country it serves.

“It also allows a new generation of gifted ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole UK.”

Mrs May had faced criticism for the diversity of her new cabinet that only contains one ethnic minority minister and one who is openly LGBT.

But she bolstered the junior ranks with a greater proportion of fresh talent from diverse backgrounds.

MPs with Pakistani, Mauritian and Iraqi heritage were given ministerial jobs for the first time in their careers.

And of the 13 new politicians on the Government payroll, eight were women and four were black or minority ethnic (BME).

There were beefed up departments, too, with Fareham MP Suella Fernandes taking the number of Brexit ministers from three to four.

She was not the rumoured ”no deal” priminister, but has backed the scenario in the past. “In the event of no deal, that’s great for us,” she wrote in June.

Housing and social care got extra staff and ministers too, following the PM’s attempt to stamp her new direction for the party by adding them to the briefs of Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, respectively.

Universities minister Jo Johnson also lost his job and got moved to transport, hours after columnist Toby Young resigned as a non-executive board member on the new Office for Students watchdog.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Amber Rudd picked up the women and equalities remit left vacant by outgoing Education Secretary Justine Greening, who quit to advance “social mobility” from the backbenches.

Some reshuffle announcements were not universally popular with Tory MPs.


Source: Sky News

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