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The FA’s first-ever diversity code yields mixed results as clubs miss six out of eight targets set

The FA’s first-ever diversity code yields mixed results as BAME coaching hires have surged over the past 12 months, but Premier League and EFL clubs are missing six out of eight goals

  • The FA’s first-ever diversity code has had mixed results in its first year
  • In 2020, 51 clubs have signed the new code, including all 20 top clubs
  • The teams achieved six of the eight goals set by the FA. were asked not
  • 26.4 percent of senior coach hires in the men’s game were BAME candidates
  • But 19.8 percent of the trainers hired were women and missed the 30 percent target


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The FA has vigorously defended the organization’s historic diversity code after it noted an indifferent string of freshman results on Wednesday.

Last year, the governing body – led by the Chair of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, Paul Elliott – launched the groundbreaking document that aims to improve diversity and inclusion within the top positions in English football.

Fifty-one clubs have signed up as founding members of the code, and all 20 Premier League teams have now committed.

But Premier League and EFL clubs have seen a medley of results in the code’s first 12 months – together failing six of the eight goals they had set.

The FA's historic diversity code has delivered a mixed set of results in its first year ever

The FA’s historic diversity code has delivered a mixed set of results in its first year ever

Led by Paul Elliott, head of the FA's inclusion consultancy (above), 51 clubs signed the code in 2020

Led by Paul Elliott, head of the FA's inclusion consultancy (above), 51 clubs signed the code in 2020

Led by Paul Elliott, head of the FA’s inclusion consultancy (above), 51 clubs signed the code in 2020

However, in what was seen as a major win for the FA, hiring targets have been surpassed in senior leadership and men’s coaching roles.

Collectively, 17.8 percent of new hires in senior leadership roles were black, Asian or mixed candidates, exceeding the 15 percent commitment.

Similarly, 26.4 percent of senior coach hires in the men’s game were candidates of black, Asian or mixed ancestry — more than the 10 percent target.

26.4 percent of senior coaching hires in the men's game were BAME candidates

26.4 percent of senior coaching hires in the men's game were BAME candidates

26.4 percent of senior coaching hires in the men’s game were BAME candidates

But clubs, on the other hand, failed to deliver on most of their promises in both the men’s and women’s games, especially regarding the employment of new female staff in the sport.

However, former Chelsea defender Elliott said: sports post: The balance sheets of ‘Clubs’ have been decimated by Covid, whether you are a big or a small club. The code has functioned in the harshest conditions possible, despite extreme adversity.

“Clubs have sent staff on leave and let staff go. Despite those challenges, we’ve done remarkably well to get the signatures and get it going. The future is positive.’

Edleen John, the FA’s director of international relations, business affairs and co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion, added: “If I were sitting here and we had achieved all the targets, I would wonder if we had set ambitious targets to start with. so with the fact that it’s a mixed bag reflects that it’s going to be a journey, it won’t be solved overnight, but there is a commitment for all of us to move forward.

Premier League and EFL clubs missed six of the eight goals set for them last year

Premier League and EFL clubs missed six of the eight goals set for them last year

Premier League and EFL clubs missed six of the eight goals set for them last year

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