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The Premier League to launch the Coach Index scheme to help clubs increase the diversity of their staff

The Premier League will launch the revolutionary Coach Index scheme next month in an attempt to pressure clubs to increase the diversity of their staff, with the database providing access to the names and details of the BAME coaches.

  • Premier League to Launch Coaches Index to Increase Diversity at Clubs
  • The revolutionary database will allow clubs to access the names and details of BAME coaches with at least a UEFA B license
  • Coaches will also receive job alerts and opportunities, such as networking events.


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The Premier League will launch a ‘powerful’ directory of elite non-white and female coaches in a move that increases pressure on clubs to meet diversity goals.

Sportsmail It may reveal that senior officials are spearheading what are seen as groundbreaking plans to compile a comprehensive database of qualified coaches with underrepresented backgrounds in professional soccer with a view to getting the project up and running next month.

The ‘Coaches Index’ will be a single online encyclopedia of coaches of Black, Asian and mixed descent ethnicities, provided they are in possession of at least the UEFA B license.

Premier League to Launch Revolutionary Coaches Index to Increase Diversity at Clubs

Premier League to Launch Revolutionary Coaches Index to Increase Diversity at Clubs

The self-registration catalog is open to male and female coaches as long as they meet the qualification criteria.

The new directory, which has been developed in conjunction with major English football stakeholders, including the Football Association, will allow professional clubs to access the names of coaches of ethnic origin, including their relevant qualifications and experience.

Registered coaches will have the option to receive job alerts directly to their phones and development opportunities, such as upcoming networking events, while also providing access to other career platforms in EFL and FA.

The imminent launch of the Coach Index comes a week after the FA released a mixed set of results from the first year of its historic Soccer Diversity Leadership Code.

Last year, the governing body released the pioneering document that aims to improve diversity and inclusion within the top ranks of English football.

As part of the Soccer Diversity Leadership Code, diversity targets were exceeded in key categories of senior leadership positions and male coaching roles - pictured, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

As part of the Soccer Diversity Leadership Code, diversity targets were exceeded in key categories of senior leadership positions and male coaching roles - pictured, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

As part of the Soccer Diversity Leadership Code, diversity targets were exceeded in key categories of senior leadership positions and male coaching roles – pictured, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

Fifty-one clubs signed up as founding members of the code, with all 20 Premier League teams now committed, tasked with meeting strict diversity goals at the coach and boardroom level.

The Premier League and EFL clubs collectively failed to meet six of the eight targets that were set, although the fact that several clubs had to cut staff due to the pandemic was a key mitigating factor.

However, in what was deemed a significant victory, targets were exceeded in the key categories of senior leadership positions and men’s coaching roles.

And the new Premier League database will provide clubs with assistance in meeting their staff diversity commitments.

Former England international B Paul Elliott, who became Chelsea’s first black captain, believes the Premier League initiative is a positive step towards greater inclusion in the game.

Paul Elliott, who became Chelsea's first black captain, has endorsed the Premier League scheme

Paul Elliott, who became Chelsea's first black captain, has endorsed the Premier League scheme

Paul Elliott, who became Chelsea’s first black captain, has endorsed the Premier League scheme

“This has the potential to be very powerful because clubs can go directly to coaches now, because one of the biggest challenges has always been accessing the talent pipeline,” explained Elliott, who led the development of the Diversity Code of the FA.

‘I was from that generation in the early’ 90s, which was the hardest. Because as black coaches we were the absolute minority.

‘I got my first chance through Glenn Hoddle, he was Chelsea’s manager at the time and a great manager, and he gave me the opportunity to become the youth team manager at Chelsea.

But that was the only real chance I had because Glenn became England manager and I, like many others, tried to reach out to the clubs and submit my applications, but the picture was never productive because it was always about who you knew. , not what you knew.

“This (the Coach Index) is not the total answer, but it is a really solid foundation, along with the Diversity Code, on the ground. The clubs cannot say that the pipeline is not there, there are no excuses. You can’t say “I don’t know where to go.”

‘This will encourage ethnic minority coaches to go get their coach badges. It should mean there is equal opportunity. ‘

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