Category Archives: Ethnicity

England work placements for BAME coaches

England manager Gareth Southgate with some of his coaching team at the 2018 World Cup

Black and minority ethnic coaches (BAME) will be offered work placements with senior England teams to help increase diversity in football.

It is one of the measures outlined by the Football Association in a new equality action plan.

The FA said in January it was working on plans to increase equality in the organisation and the wider sport.

“We want the FA to reflect modern society in this country,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said.

“It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive for all.”

The three-year action plan, called In Pursuit of Progress, puts forward a range of measures and targets it wants to hit by 2021.  More

Rooney Rule: ECB to implement BAME policy after South Asian study

Vikram Solanki

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to implement a ‘Rooney Rule’ for all coaching roles in the national men’s, women’s and disabled teams.

It means that at least one applicant from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will be interviewed for future jobs.

That follows the biggest study the ECB has ever conducted into cricket in South Asian communities.

The Rooney Rule was implemented in the USA’s NFL in 2003.

Named after NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney, it requires clubs in American football to interview at least one BAME candidate for each head coach or senior football operation vacancy.

The Football Association adopted a similar stance for positions in the England football set-up in January.  More

British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards: Ellie Downie and Maro Itoje triumph

Gymnast Ellie Downie and rugby union’s Maro Itoje were named sportswoman and sportsman of the year at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.

Downie, 18, won all-around gold at the European Championships last year, qualifying for every individual final.

Itoje, 23, had a successful year for Saracens, England and the British and Irish Lions.

Pioneering footballer Cyrille Regis, who died in January aged 59, was given a special recognition award.  More

‘Boxer Barbie’: Nicola Adams ‘honoured’ to be turned into doll

Boxer Nicola Adams has been turned into a Barbie doll for International Women’s Day, which is on Thursday, 8 March.

Nicola, who has twice won Olympic gold medals, is the first UK star to join Barbie’s ‘Shero’ range – designed to honour inspiring women.

Manufacturers Mattel say they chose Nicola because of her outstanding contributions to boxing.

“I am so excited and honoured to be Barbie’s first ever UK Shero and the first ever boxer Barbie,” Nicola said.

The Nicola Adams doll has boxing gloves, boxing gear embroidered with her ‘Lioness’ nickname and her distinctive cropped hairstyle.  More

Football Association adopts ‘Rooney Rule’ as Martin Glenn outlines 2018 plans

The Football Association will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up.

English football’s governing body will adopt its own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’ implemented in the NFL in 2003.

Chief executive Martin Glenn said the move showed the “FA is for all”.

“The FA wants to become a more inclusive organisation where the workforce more represents the people who play football today,” Glenn said.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: “What it will say is the opportunity to have a career beyond playing is something that the FA is serious about promoting.”  More

BBC to air more religious programming

The BBC has pledged to “raise our game” on religion by increasing the portrayal of all faiths in mainstream shows.

The corporation said it would “enhance” the representation of religion on TV and radio dramas and documentaries.

It said it would also create a new global religious affairs team, headed by a religion editor, in BBC News.

The BBC will also keep Thought For The Day on Radio 4’s Today programme – despite presenter John Humphrys saying it’s often “deeply, deeply boring”.  More

Christian Cole: Oxford University’s first black student

In a salute to a “remarkable” man, the University of Oxford has paid tribute to its first black student. But who was Christian Cole and what was life like for him at a time when being black at the university wasn’t merely unusual, but remarkable?

Cole was always likely to turn heads when he arrived in Oxford to read classics.

It was 1873 and he was a 21-year-old black man from Waterloo, Sierra Leone, studying alongside young men from the elite families of Victorian England (His arrival pre-dated the institution of the university’s first women’s college by six years.).  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – October 2017

October is Black History Month and with that in mind we have chosen Shirley Thompson as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Shirley is an English composer who became the first woman in Europe, within the past 40 years, to have composed and conducted a symphony with her New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony written in 2002.

Shirley was born in London to Jamaican parents. Her early musical experience included playing the violin in various youth symphony orchestras in London, and choral singing with local choirs in Newham. She graduated in music from Liverpool University and in composition from Goldsmiths’ College.

After university she composed a body of solo and instrumental ensemble works for concert hall as well as working as a freelance composer of music for TV, films and the theatre. She set up the Shirley Thompson Ensemble in 1994 and this became the main vehicle for her instrumental and vocal works that fused contemporary classical orchestrations with popular and world music styles.

Shirley was the first woman to compose and musically direct music for a major drama series at the BBC and she also directed the film Memories in Mind, which was broadcast by the BBC in 1998.  She also co-scored the award-winning ballet PUSH, which premiered in 2005 which has since toured the world in major and prestigious venues.

Shirley has composed for opera, orchestra, contemporary dance, TV and film. Some of her other works include:

  • The Woman Who Refused to Dance– for solo singer, speaker and orchestra
  • Spirit of the Middle Passage– for solo singers, speaker and orchestra
  • Viola Concerto, Oslo Odyssey– for orchestral and electronic instruments and multi-media
  • 100 Days of Barack Obama– for solo voice, instrumental ensemble and video projection
  • The Lodger– theatrical music
  • A Child of the Jago– opera
  • Tapestry Song Cycle– for soprano and instrumental ensemble 

In 2010 Shirley was included in the “Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People 2010”.  In April 2016 she was honoured with the Luminary Award (presented to people of Caribbean heritage) who have made significant, outstanding contributions on an international scale or have brought to prominence issues that affect the Caribbean region.

To find out more about Shirley and her work see her website at

To find out more about Black History Month see the website at