In the latest instalment of PFA TV, Leon Mann visits a PFA recruitment workshop specifically designed for BAME coaching candidates, set up ahead of a new proposal brought in by the English Football League to increase the number of black and ethnic minority coaches working in football.
Football League clubs included in the pilot will now ensure that at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate will be included on the interview shortlist.
The PFA run workshops focus on preparing professional footballers both past and present for job interviews.
Former Watford striker Gifton Noel-Williams who has been attending the workshops has found them very useful: “This course isn’t trying to teach me how to control or pass a ball as I’ve been doing that my whole life. The things I haven’t been doing is talking to board members and going for job interviews. The work that the PFA are doing for us is very good and I’ve learnt a lot from the workshop.”
The recruitment code will be piloted in 10 of the 72 clubs in the football league this season and the PFA’s Head of Equalities Simone Pound thinks it’s very important to make sure the candidates are fully prepared going into job interviews: “It’s really important that now we have the code we ensure that those qualified coaches are representing themselves properly. Whilst we are a union we can offer support and guidance but it is very much up to the individuals to prepare properly.”