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PFA delegation meets Minister for Sport

MP Helen Grant

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) had a productive meeting today at Department for Culture, Media & Sport with UK Minister for Sport & Tourism, Helen Grant.

The PFA delegation included PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor OBE, Deputy Chief Executives Bobby Barnes and John Bramhall, and PFA Head of Equality and Diversity Simone Pound.

The group met the Sports Minister to discuss the introduction of more transparent and equitable recruitment procedures within English football, with a view to achieving a more representative workforce off-field in line with the demographics of football and society.

Taylor commented: “It was very refreshing to receive such whole hearted support and we are very grateful for the warm reception personally received and support demonstrated for our campaign.”

Earlier this year, frustrated with slow progress within the game, Taylor called on Parliament's support to try and address the issue of a lack of opportunity for black and ethnic minority managers in football.

Taylor stated: “Football is supposed to set an example to other professions, and try to set an example with equality and inclusion, but we are currently failing with regard to recruitment of black and ethnic minority managers and coaches.

"We are simply asking for a recruitment process that is open and transparent."

Taylor added: "Any solution should be based on merit. However, I can give you a list of black players who've become coaches, who've got their UEFA A Licence and B Licence, who've gone all the way up the ranks and got the Pro Licence, but still aren't getting opportunities.

"Ultimately we want the same competiveness applied to the recruitment process off the pitch as we see on the pitch. The industry is currently overlooking a vast pool of experience and talent."

The PFA remain committed to redressing the imbalance and achieving fair and transparent recruitment within the game on behalf of its membership.