This Thursday : Ethnic minorities in coaching in elite football report launch

There are only three days until The Sports People’s Think Tank (SPTT) in association with FARE and Loughborough University launch their report. This will be the fourth annual review on the numbers of ethnic minorities in elite coaching in English professional football on the 30th November in Central London. If you would like to attend register here

The launch, which is now an annual fixture in the calendar will be hosted by Jeanette Kwakye, ex-GB sprinter and broadcaster. The launch will also feature presentations from one of the lawyers behind the NFL’s Rooney Rule, Jeremi Duru, and leading academic, Dr. Steven Bradbury from Loughborough University.

After the presentation of the report findings the evening will explore whether a Rooney Rule is needed as a mandatory measure in football – if it is workable within the game and if it can significantly change things.

The session will also ask if the rule would be useful in other sports such as athletics.


Dr. Steven Bradbury is a leading academic working at Loughborough University. He has conducted ground-breaking research examining the under-representation and experiences of BAME coaches in professional football.

Jeremi Duru is a professor of sports law, civil procedure and employment discrimination at the American University Washington College of Law. He was involved with the Fritz Pollard Alliance in devising and implementing the Rooney Rule and subsequently reviewing it’s impact.

What is The SPTT ?

The Sports People’s Think Tank is all about thought leadership and sportspeople proactively playing their part in finding solutions to issues within sport.

What is FARE ?

The Fare network is an umbrella organisation that brings together individuals, NGOs to combat inequality in football and use the sport as a means for social change in over 40 countries.

What is the Rooney Rule?

The Rooney Rule is a National Football League policy that requires league teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs.

It was established in 2003, and variations of the rule are now in place in other industries.

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