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Football Association and Chelsea in tandem on BAME scheme

ALL SMILES: FA staff and mentees at Stamford Bridge

THE FA is working in conjunction with Chelsea FC on a revamped BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) mentee scheme which was launched at Stamford Bridge.

Four young coaches – Alesha Moulton, Annie Zaidi, Taff Rahman and Zuber Patel – have been employed to shadow different aspects of its work from team operations to coach development.

The quartet, plus FA inclusion and diversity manager Wayne Allison, visited Chelsea to meet with chairman Bruce Buck and other senior members of staff.

“It’s all about building the talent pool and increasing chances for BAME and female coaches within the game,” said former Chesterfield and Bristol City striker Allison. “We think this area of coaching is hugely important and the FA and Chelsea have shown a great commitment towards the BAME bursary programme, whether that be with the mentees or at grassroots level.

“Chelsea have been fantastic. They have embraced the ethos of what the FA is doing and have fully backed the FA with any request, such as having our meeting at Stamford Bridge and meeting the chairman of the football club, among others.”

Taff Rahman, one of the mentees, added: “It was great to visit Stamford Bridge as part of the BAME mentee programme, which Chelsea are playing a big role in. We are looking at all the infrastructure in place at a club like Chelsea, whether that be the first team, Academy or Foundation.

“There is a lot of focus on how the club are expanding in to different communities and working with different cultures. We wanted to get a better understanding of how Chelsea as a club operates and develops male and female players and all the groundwork that is being done.

“The positive side of this is getting some real insight in to how Chelsea do what they do. Just being a coach on the outside makes this difficult, so being here and meeting the staff, and through future visits, I hope to learn a great deal more

“Chelsea have been an unbelievable help. Having us in, but also having a future soundboard for questions, is a huge help.”

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