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
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