Professional football must better reflect modern Britain. The Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and English Football League (EFL) are seeking to improve the diversity of football coaches in the professional game to make this area more representative. As part of their commitment to improving diversity, they are jointly launching the BAME Player to Coach Scheme (BPCS) to encourage, build and support the transition of under-represented BAME PFA members into football coaching in the professional game so that football at all levels better represents the wider communities in which it is played, enjoyed and serves.
The Scheme is open to those who identify as BAME (Black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic), since these groups are underrepresented in football coaching within the professional game in England.
BAME populations are currently underrepresented among Premier League and EFL First Team and Academy Coaches. One in five professional players are BAME (19%), compared to just 3% of First Team coaches. In total, 20 out of 493 senior coaching positions at professional clubs are held by BAME coaches; 4.1% of all positions of this kind.
What is the BAME Player to Coach Scheme?
To build on current initiatives being delivered by stakeholders independently, a new joined-up initiative, involving the Premier League, PFA, EFL, and EFL clubs will be introduced for the start of Season 2020/21.
The BPCS will provide a 23-month rotational work experience and development programme for up to six coaches. The programme will be a fully-integrated and intensive opportunity based in an EFL club designed to accelerate the candidates’ coaching knowledge and ability in order to better equip them for future full-time coaching work. Candidates invited onto the scheme, following successful application, will be expected to demonstrate extraordinary drive and resilience in order to reach a high standard across a range of skills and competencies tailored to the needs of the individual.
Objectives of the scheme
The scheme has several objectives including:
To identify and develop BAME coaching role models.
To support clubs who wish to progress their inclusion & diversity as well as recognising clubs who role model excellent inclusion & diversity practises in the treatment of coaches.
To increase the number of BAME ex-players transitioning into full-time coaching positions in EFL clubs.
To substantially improve employment prospects for coaches who complete the work-experience programme satisfactorily.
To provide each of the coaches with their own development programme to ensure that each coach is appropriately trained and supported through the work experience.
BAME (Black, Asian & non-white minority ethnic)
This is a positive action scheme aimed at addressing under-represented groups in football coaching. Applications will only be accepted from individuals who identify as being from those backgrounds.
Professional playing experience in men’s or women’s football.
No previous experience of coaching full-time in a Premier League or English Football League Club.
First Team playing experience
Experience of coaching a team or group of players on a regular basis
UEFA ‘B’ Licence
Current FA Safeguarding Children certification
Enhanced DBS Clearance
First Aid Qualification
UEFA ‘A’ Licence
The scheme is looking for candidates with high potential to be role models and world-class football coaches.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate high-level thinking skills required for a football coach working in a complex and multi-disciplinary environment.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate high-level interpersonal dexterity, where they can communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of individuals and groups of people.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate the resilience required to be able to succeed in challenging high-performance football environments.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high motivation to become a football coach in English Professional Football and to help other footballers and teams to successfully develop and perform.
The scheme is interested in candidates who have an aspiration to work at any age group (Foundation Phase, Youth Development Phase, Professional Development Phase and/or First Team)
How to Apply
The Premier League, PFA and EFL will only consider applications from candidates from under-represented groups in football who identify as BAME, as defined above.
Successful candidates will be chosen based on merit as measured against person specification, set out above, for the scheme via a range of assessments.
To apply, please submit a written application in Word or as a PDF following these guidelines:
Please confirm that you match each of the criteria for the application using a brief application letter and CV.
Include a written reference(s) from a coach developer(s) and/or coach(es) describing your football coaching potential.
Include answers to the following questions (no more than 500 words per answer):
Please explain why you would like to join this initiative and what you want to achieve during the work experience?
What is it that appeals to you about being a full-time football coach? Please provide evidence to demonstrate your desire to be a full-time coach if you successfully complete this initiative.
If you were successful in becoming a full-time coach after the work experience, what would you personally want to do to progress inclusion, diversity and coaching in English professional football?
Please explain where you see yourself in ten years and why?
If you would like to be contacted regarding other development opportunities, please let us know in your application.
Deadline for Applications
Please submit your applications by end of 17th July 2020.
Please email your application and any queries to BPCS@premierleague.com.
Please email if you require any assistance in applying. We would support applications in other formats (video or audio) if required.
Short listed candidates will be invited to a virtual assessment centre held between 20th – 30th July 2020. We aim to advise all individuals the outcome of their application within two weeks of the closing date.
By submitting your application, you are agreeing to the Premier League, the PFA and the EFL holding your personal details for the purpose of administering and evaluating the scheme and in accordance with the Premier League, the PFA and the EFL’s privacy notices.
 The Scheme is open to those who identify as BAME (Black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic), since such groups are under-represented in football. https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/style-guide/ethnic-groups
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