Football: Ethnic Groups

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th August 2017.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Diverse Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase representation of black and minority ethnic individuals in the football coaching profession.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Sport England is investing £2 million per year into the Football Association to support their work to enhance the quality and diversity of the coaching workforce in football, including providing bursaries to support women and Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) coaches develop their coaching abilities from the grassroots to the elite levels of the game.

Coaching across all sports forms a key element of the government's sport strategy, which aims to promote physical and mental wellbeing and individual, community and economic development through sport and physical activity. With 37 per cent of BAME people playing sport once a week but only five per cent of qualified coaches being from BAME backgrounds, Sport England's Coaching Plan for England, published in November 2016, aims to create a more diverse coaching workforce so that more participants are able to be coached by people who are immediately empathetic to their needs and reflective of their social environment.

The coaching plan is available at https://www.sportengland.org/media/11317/coaching-in-an-active-nation_the-coaching-plan-for-england.pdf.

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