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Kick It Out welcomes Premier League’s equality plans

BLACK MANAGERS: Chris Powell, left, and Keith Curle are only two of three BME bosses in England, the other being Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (PA)

MEASURES AGREED upon by the Premier League to increase the number of black coaches employed by English clubs have been welcomed by equality group Kick It Out (KIO).

The anti-racism organisation praised the plans that will see all 20 Premier League clubs fund an additional three places for black and ethnic minority (BME) coaches on the Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme.

A further three places will be created for aspiring female coaches too, following a unanimous vote to introduce the measures, which was taken at a Thursday (Nov 13) meeting attended by the division’s clubs.

In a statement, the campaign group said: “KIO welcomes the announcement of the mandatory measures being implemented by the Premier League to enhance the equality policies and practices within its clubs, and the introduction of recruitment processes for senior coaching and executive positions.

“We look forward to continuing to contribute towards the implementation of Football’s Equality Standard using the skills and expertise we have in this area, and seeing rapid progress made by clubs towards attaining, and excelling beyond, the required levels.”

It added: “KIO is also pleased to see the commitment made towards increasing coaching opportunities for women and black and ethnic minorities through the Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Scheme, and the formation of an advisory board to help guide this process and to support all candidates.”

The changes come after a study published on Monday (Nov 10) found that only 19 of the 552 top coaching positions in English professional football are held by BME coaches.

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