Before guests listen and liaise with these organisations, FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer (North West), Steve Smithies, will say a few words about the importance of coaching as well as equality and diversity in the system. Leeds United Academy coach and FA Coach Mentor, Chazz Mann, will also provide a brief talk focusing on his journey from grassroots to elite level.
Due to a clear under representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches within football, certainly at professional level, Creating & Developing Coaches particularly targets BAME communities, male and female.
There is a wealth of brilliant coaching opportunities in the Leeds area but many remain unaware of them, and how to get involved. This event provides a platform to showcase a selection of coaching opportunities that exist within the West Riding region.
Event organiser, Dr Daniel Kilvington, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett University, said “The event offers a vital platform as coaches, as well as football club secretaries, grassroots volunteers, parents of players, and footy fans who fancy themselves as a future coach, are encouraged to attend to learn about the amazing opportunities that exist on their door step. It really is a brilliant networking event and one which I'm sure the attendees will benefit from.
“We particularly welcome individuals from BAME communities to attend as there is a clear under representation within the coaching system, notably at professional level. A survey carried out by Sports Coach UK found that BAME coaches make up three percent of all sports coaches, however, only one percent are qualified. And, Farenet reported that in 2014 that only 19 out of 522 senior coaches in football are BAME. Creating & Developing Coaches therefore hopes to challenge this trend as it aims to highlight coaching opportunities, pathways, courses, funding streams and may also provide clubs with mentors”
To book your place and further information, please contact Dr Daniel Kilvington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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