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UEFA Programme To Encourage Football Management Diversity

Thu 11th Sep 2014 | UEFA

UEFA have launched a pioneering programme to bring in more minorities to football management.

Former France international Christian Karembeu is backing a programme aimed at encouraging more diversity in football management.

UEFA’s Captains of Change programme aims to foster and further develop diversity within football management, supporting change from within UEFA member associations and other UEFA partner organisations.

UEFA President Michel Platini said: “The Captains of Change programme was created to establish real equal opportunities for all minorities in football. I believe that we are a diverse sport on the field, but more work has to be done to make sure that extends into our administrative and management structures as well.

“We hope to see strong participants and diversity projects that will change the landscape. I am 100% behind this new programme initiated by UEFA, and I strongly believe it can make a difference.”

Christian Karembeu, UEFA’s Captains of Change ambassador, said: “I am proud to be an ambassador for UEFA’s Captains of Change programme. I will do my part to promote this initiative, and I encourage all of UEFA’s national associations to get involved by presenting their ideas and projects to create equal opportunities for all minorities.”

UEFA is committed to influencing the culture of football organisations and to progressively open the game at all levels to a wider range of people with different origins and backgrounds.

The innovative approach of the Captains of Change programme is based on supporting individuals effect change within their organisations. Applications from staff members with novel but practicable ideas on how he/she intends to encourage diversity within his/her organisation’s culture are invited by the end of September, with the pilot project being chosen and announced in October.

The individuals who become “Captains of Change” will have the full backing of their own organisation. They will be trained in how to implement their project, and they will learn how to positively influence the football culture in favour of integrating all minority groups irrespective of ethnicity, religion, handicap, gender, sexual orientation.

The “Captains of Change” will implement national and local initiatives to foster diversity in their respective football organisations.

A steering committee will validate each project and guide its definition, implementation and follow-up over the one-year programme process. UEFA will define a financing mechanism to help finance some of the projects.   

Image: Action Images - REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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