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Celebration event to mark 10 years of Football Black List

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS: Eniola Aluko (left) and Lianne Sanderson

FOOTBALLERS, MANAGERS, senior administrators, politicians, community activists and grassroots coaches will come together to celebrate 10 years of the Football Black List in London on the November 1.

The Football Black List celebration, supported by the Premier League, celebrates the contributions of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds to the game - a group that is under-represented away from the pitch.

While more than 30% of professional players in the UK are black, there are just seven BAME managers across the 92 clubs, and only one chairman. To help address this, the Football Black List shines a light on those who are inspiring the next generation to consider roles in the game away from playing.

Award categories include: coaching and management, administration, media, commercial, community and practitioners. Mo Salah, Alex Scott, Chris Hughton, Hope Powell, Nuno Espirito Santo, Darren Moore, Les Ferdinand, Yannick Bolasie and Christian Atsu are among those on the Football Black List, as are Burton Albion owner and chairman Ben Robinson, and Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley.

There will also be special awards – named in honour of the late Keith Alexander – given to outstanding individuals for their work in the game, including footballers Lianne Sanderson and Eniola Aluko.

One of the world’s first black professional footballers will be remembered at the event through the Walter Tull award - marking 100 years since the pioneer died during World War 1, while serving as the first black British officer to command white troops.

The initiative will also recognise the next generation of leaders in the sport from the black community - through the Ugo Ehiogu Ones to Watch awards.

The official charity partner of the Football Black List this year is Prostate Cancer UK. One in four black men will get the cancer, so the event hopes to raise awareness of the importance of regular health checks to detect any issues as early as possible.

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