Leading bodies in renewed call for BME coaches

England U19 coach Noel Blake at 'Developing Coaches for the Future'

A fresh drive aimed at increasing the number of black and Asian coaches in management positions is currently under way, with the spotlight on both the professional and grassroots game.

Around 20% of professional footballers come from the black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, yet from the 1,300 or coaches who hold a UEFA B licence or higher, the number is only 4.8%.

At governing body level, The FA is spearheading efforts to redress the balance with the launch of Coach – an aptly titled DVD outlining pathways into the game for aspiring managers.

Meanwhile, the Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA), is making inroads in the amateur arena. Its Developing Coaches for the Future day in July saw hundreds descend on London’s Soccerdome for sessions by Chelsea Technical Director Michael Emanelo and England Under-19 coach Noel Blake.

Blake, who also appears in Coach, is keen on stressing the importance of getting qualified: “There is a massive shortage in BME coaches. What I would say is, get out there and get your qualifications

“You may not get to the senior level of coaching but you are the first port of call for grassroots kids. The information you instill in them is massively important, and will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”


He contributes alongside Hope Powell, Chris Hughton and Trevor Brooking amongst others in the 11-minute film, many of whom draw on their respective journeys into coaching, with suggested pathways for those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.

The DVD was launched at Wembley Stadium on 3 August and has received widespread support from the game’s major governing organisations. Brendon Batson produced the film, which has a strong emphasis on securing relevant qualifications and highlighting subsequent opportunities available in the game.

FA Chairman David Bernstein said of the film: “Coach highlights the need for coaches to gain their qualifications and make the most of the opportunities available to them.

“We want football to be able to draw on coaches from the widest possible talent pool and I hope that the film will inspire a new generation of BME coaches to follow in Noel and Hope’s footsteps.”

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  1. fred frag on August 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Why is there a drive to increase the number of black and asian coaches ? I am sure you would find that the number that there presently are is proportionate to the general proportion in english society.

    87% of people in england are white, therfore there are going to be less black and asian ones.

    UK Government figures state that Robbery is over 9 times more prevalent in the black community, than in the white community.

    Where is the leading body calling for an increase in the number of white Robbers ?

  2. Grassroots Coach on January 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The post above highlights why there is are need for such an initiative.

    Even if we take just the population alone, it is evident that the BME coaches are under represented at all but the lowest level of football. That despite being over represented amongst players.

    Prehaps Fred Frag, might care to share his wisdom as to why that might be?

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