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Premier League, PFA and EFL LAUNCHES THE BAME SCHEME

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Premier League, PFA and EFL launches a scheme to increase the number of Black Asain and Minority Ethnic (BAME) players transitioning to full-time coaching roles in the professional games.

The scheme, open to BAME PFA members at any age or stage of their careers, will provide up to six coaches per season with a 23 month intensive work placement within EFL clubs.

The Premier League and PFA have jointly funded the program which will have its first intake run as a pilot scheme either in the club’s academy or first team setup from the start of the 2020-21 season.

This is a result of the increase in focus of the Black lives matter campaign world wide, also there has been lack of representation for the black people in the leadership position in football.

Raheem Sterling, who is a black player for Manchester city as well as the English national team said earlier this month that why hasn’t so many black ex-players made it into coaches and other position of power in football clubs.

The PFA’s coaching team will provide mentoring, while Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore is chair of the Premier League’s Black Participants’ Advisory Group, which will also offer support to the players and clubs involved in the program.

Premier League, PFA and EFL LAUNCHES THE BAME SCHEME

Moore said: “This is a critical time for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic coaches. We all know and agree that the diversity of coaches and managers must increase and this placement scheme represents a positive step.”

The scheme, which has been developed over the last 18 months, is in addition to the Premier League’s existing BAME coach development program – the Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: “The PFA is proud to support a diverse membership on the pitch, and we are determined to ensure this also translates to substantial BAME representation in all other areas of the game.”

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