FA targets October Black History Month Diversity Code launch

The Football Leadership Diversity Code steering group met for the first time on Friday

Last Updated: 10/07/20 7:19pm

Paul Elliot is chair of the Football Leadership Diversity Code steering group

Paul Elliot is chair of the Football Leadership Diversity Code steering group

Paul Elliot is chair of the Football Leadership Diversity Code steering group

The FA is aiming to deliver the proposed Football Leadership Diversity Code to coincide with Black History Month in the UK in October.

Paul Elliott, chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, last month announced the creation of the voluntary code, which calls for greater diversity across the English game.

The 16-strong steering group tasked with driving the development of the code met for the first time on Friday.

The steering group includes Premier League players Troy Deeney and Tyrone Mings as well as the chairmen of Chelsea and Crystal Palace, and prominent black coaches Chris Powell, Hope Powell and Chris Hughton.

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Sky Sports News chief reporter explains some of the steps being taken with The Football Leadership Diversity Code set to be unveiled during Black History Month in October

Sky Sports News chief reporter explains some of the steps being taken with The Football Leadership Diversity Code set to be unveiled during Black History Month in October

The group has committed to a timeline to ensure the code is delivered in October, with England’s UEFA Nations League fixture against Belgium – currently scheduled to be played at Wembley on Sunday October 11 – the date they are aiming for.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from senior leaders across the game, including owners, chairs, players and coaches,” said Elliott, who chairs the steering group.

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The chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board Paul Elliott says extreme adversity has created a ‘window of opportunity’ for football to increase diversity at all levels

The chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board Paul Elliott says extreme adversity has created a ‘window of opportunity’ for football to increase diversity at all levels

“Today’s meeting was a great kick-off to the three-month programme and, with October marking Black History Month, it feels like the right time to launch the code.

“While it’s still early in development, it’s clear that everybody is pulling in the same direction and there is a strong will from the group to create positive action and make meaningful change.

“Together with leaders from across the industry we are hoping to drive the nation’s response to inequality by ensuring the leadership of our national sport reflects the communities that watch and love the game.”

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