Organisation FA Council Members representing BAME Football Communities Ref: IABC

Location Wembley Stadium

Hours of Work

Salary & Benefits Contract/ Freelance

Closing Date 19 July


FA Council Members representing BAME Football Communities Ref: IABC



Role location

Wembley Stadium

Type of contract

Contract / Freelance

FA Council Members representing BAME Football Communities

The FA is the governing body for football in England and is primarily responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game, running the England teams, organising The FA Cup and other domestic competitions and developing grassroots football. The FA is a non-profit making organisation with all surpluses being redistributed back into the game.

The Role:

The Football Association is seeking to appoint two independent members of The FA Council with the remit to represent BAME football communities on the Council. These positions are appointed by The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board.

The FA Council is part of the decision making structure of The FA with constitutionally defined powers which enables it to manage and regulate the game of football in England. The FA is seeking 11 new members of the FA council to ensure that it better reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of English football; in particular the Inclusion Advisory Board is seeking two candidates to represent BAME football communities. 

As part of the Council you will be required:

  • To debate issues, reflecting the views of the BAME community, whilst acting in the best interests of The FA
  • To accurately and positively disseminate information from Council to your constituents, in this case the Inclusion Advisory Board (having regard to any confidential information which is provided to you)
  • To act in an ambassadorial role at local, regional, national and international events and in accordance with The FA's Code of Conduct.
  • To attend meetings of Council and other committees, sub-committees and working groups on which you serve
  • To participate constructively in and positively promote the good governance of The FA
  • To provide relevant expertise, skill and knowledge
  • To contribute to debate and the decision-making process in order to resolve issues and further develop the game

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • The following attributes are desirable across the membership of The FA's Council:
  • A broad knowledge of the issues and the aspirations of the constituency that you represent;
  • A sound understanding of the modern game of football in its various forms and of the structures and processes within football;
  • The ability to clearly and articulately represent the views of those that you represent;
  • The ability to report back to constituents, either verbally or in writing, in a timely manner that can be easily understood;
  • The ability to speak, present and network in an ambassadorial role.
  • The ability to mix with diverse groups of people in a wide variety of situations;
  • The ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with others (including fellow Council Members, FA Staff and colleagues from across the football family);
  • The ability to challenge the present to build the future, whilst always being respectful of the views and the knowledge and experience of others;
  • A willingness to act in the best interests of The FA without regard to personal interest or benefit.

Time Commitment

The level of commitment Council Members are required to make largely depends on the number of committees to which they are appointed. 

As a minimum, Council Members should attend each meeting of Council, of which there are usually 5 per Council year.  Meetings are usually on a weekday, commencing at 11.00am at Wembley Stadium.  Board and committee meetings are held at differing intervals but are usually on a weekday at Wembley Stadium.

Key Selection Criteria

A passion for sport/football and experience of promoting BAME football

Experience of influencing at board or senior executive level and a track record of proven success in supporting BAME communities within football and bring an independent perspective to enhance decision making

Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.

A visionary thinker with the ability to think strategically

Strong experience of working within BAME football

Enthusiastic champion for equality, diversity and inclusion

Ability to work collaboratively whilst constructively challenging and managing conflict

Understanding of sports development and football at all levels


Applications close on 19th July 2017

Interviews will be held at Wembley Stadium on the afternoons of 24th and 25th July

One of the appointments will join the Council from 27th July, the other later in the year.  

Additional requirements and information

The initial term of the appointment will be from the date of the Summer Meeting of Council, being 27 July 2017, until midnight on the day before the 2018 Summer Meeting of Council.

All Council members across the 2017/18 season will serve this initial one year term, after which Council members will be able to serve a maximum term of three times three years.

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