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Football's movers and shakers revealed, part 1

IT'S BACK: Football Black List

THE FOOTBALL Black List (FBL) shines a light on those who are inspiring the next generation to consider other roles in the sport.

The initiative, which has been supported by The FA, Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and Kick It Out, also provides an opportunity to reflect on how diverse the football industry is, discuss the under representation of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds – and, most importantly, how to address this issue.

Vitally, the Football Black List also pays tribute to individuals making a difference within the community and at the grassroots level of the game.

The list is published exclusively in The Voice every year to ensure it is rooted in the African and Caribbean community and has received widespread mainstream coverage across the UK on the BBC and Sky Sports, as well as in The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star and Independent.

This year’s Football Black List is revealed this week and you can see the profiles below:


Michelle Moore, Equality and Diversity consultant

Michelle is a former athlete and now a sports and inclusion consultant and executive coach specialising in sport, diversity and education. She works with national governing bodies of sport, charities, sport for development, corporate and equality organisations to bring about social change.

Beverley Nicholas, Arsenal in the Community

Beverley has worked at Arsenal in the Community for 26 years as
PA to the head of the organisation.
This basically means she is involved in everything they do as she is not just a PA but keeps the department going through administration. Most significantly, she has run the Arsenal charity team for many years which has raised a great deal for good causes.

Jack Badu

Jack Badu is one of the most popular characters at FBB, and has been a key factor in the success of the organisation since joining at the end of 2014. His dedication, enthusiasm and desire to learn and develop has been an example not just to the hundreds of kids he has coached, but to all of his colleagues in FBB too.

The young people at the project cannot speak more highly of Jack, and you can see the impact he has had on them. A big brother to so many.

Anthony Ferguson, FA County Coach Developer

Anthony is a qualified UEFA A Licence coach who has worked on The FA’s Coach Mentoring Programme and is playing a key role in
getting more BAME coaches into the game. Anthony is supporting coaches at all levels to improve the National Game Standards by implementing the Future Game philosophy.

Soye Briggs, Palace For Life Foundation Director of Community Development

at Palace for Life Foundation (formerly Crystal Palace FC Foundation) and a volunteer trustee for the Surrey County Football Association. He has been involved with Surrey FA since 2012 when he became a member of the Counties Equality Committee. He completed the ‘On the Board’ governance pro- gramme in 2015 and was appointed to the board shortly after.


Chris Hughton, manager, Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is one of the most respected men in the game, and recently clinched automatic promotion, getting the Seagulls
back into the Premier League for the first time in over 30 years.

Hope Powell CBE

Hope Powell CBE, PFA England Women’s first-ever full-time national coach

Hope Powell took on a new role in 2016, as a Coach Educator for the PFA. Hope was also the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro License—the highest coaching qualification available.

She made her England debut at the age of 16, and went on to play in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, England’s first World Cup appearance. Hope also collected a silver and bronze medals in the European Championships.

George Parris, Brighton and Hove Albion women’s academy

Former West Ham star George Parris has set high standards at Brighton. Under his watch, Brighton and Hove Albion women’s academy have been awarded Tier 1 academy status.

The women’s first team have been promoted from the Women’s Premier League into Women’s Super League 2 with the ambition of gaining promotion again to Women’s Super League 1.

Steven Reid, first team head coach, Reading FC

In 2015 Steven Reid retired from playing as a professional, but only a month later he was back in the dugout, this time as an assistant coach. This year he helped lead Reading not only into a play-off spot, but all the way to the final, an excellent feat for someone who has only been in coaching 24 months.

Curtis Fleming, assistant manager, QPR

QPR Assistant manager, Curtis Fleming is one of a small number of senior black coaches in British football. The QPR assistant also champions race equality, working with Show Racism the Red Card (SR- TRC), an anti-racism education charity and Justice First, helping to put on a football tournament for refugees in the Teesside community.


Nick Blackman

Nick Blackman, Derby County

The Derby striker has driven a charitable initiative with supporter group, the Punjabi Rams - that saw more than 400 shirts donated to less fortunate communities in Barbados and India. Blackman has been donating kit to less fortunate communities in the Caribbean for a number of years, but this year highlighted the work he was doing to encourage other sports people to use their profile to give back too.

Alex Scott MBE, Arsenal and England

The Arsenal and England defender is a rising star in media who has been a regular presenter to a worldwide audience on Premier League Productions shows. She received an MBE this year for her outstanding contribution to women’s football.

Yaya Touré, Manchester City

Yaya Toure has been a regular on the Football Black List for his work away from the pitch. Most recently, he donated £100,000 to the families of victims caught in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena this summer.

The Ivorian continues to be a prominent anti-racism campaigner - speaking out about FIFA disbanding it’s task force to address discrimination in the game. He is also an ambassador for the UN on environmental issues, particularly the protection of Elephants in the wild.

Jermain Defoe, AFC Bournemouth

Jermain and his family have their own charitable foundation, Jermain Defoe Foundation, to help homeless, vulnerable and abused children in St Lucia. He has also showed his support and became great friends with the late Bradley Lowery, a terminally ill youngster, who bravely fought a rare form of cancer. Bradley and Jermain had the honour of leading England out at Wembley prior to their win over Lithuania in March 2017.

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson, Rochdale

Joe beat Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014, while playing at Tranmere, only for the cancer to return in December 2016. He shared his successful battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma with the public to help raise awareness that cancer can be beaten. As part of the process, Joe has spoken about how hard it was to talk about his private life in the changing room and how team-mates cried hearing the news that his cancer had returned.


Ian Wright, pundit, BBC Sport and BT Sport

Ian Wright is one of the most recognisable and liked pundits in
football for his work with the BBC, ITV and BT Sport. He is never scared to share an opinion and brings an incredible energy to our screens.

The former England striker had a prolific career for club and country - playing for Arsenal, Crystal Palace and many others, becoming one of the best strikers in the top flight. Mimi Fawaz, reporter, Kwese Sports Mimi is a well respected sports reporter and
broadcast journalist specialising in sports in Africa. She regularly appears on the BBC World Service, ESPN, CNN Sport, Vox Africa and now Kwese Sports. She hosted the prestigious CAF African Player of the Year awards in 2016.

Trevor Sinclair

Trevor Sinclair, pundit, BBC Sport

Trevor Sinclair is a well known pundit for BBC Sport, working across programmes such as Final Score, Football Focus and Match of the Day. Such is the high regard he is held, that he has been given regular reporting duties across the network.

Louise Sutton, editor, Final Score, BBC Sport
Louise Sutton is the editor for BBC Football show final score. Throughout her career she has helped bring sport to life on the radio and tv, working for Radio One, Radio Essex, Radio 5 Live Sport and many others; covering everything from Wimbledon to the FIFA World Cup. A rising star in the sports media, Sutton became the editor of Final Score in 2016.

Read Football's movers and shakers revealed, part 2, Saturday 15 July

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