THE Premier League have pledged to have at least one BAME person on their board within five years as part of their No Room for Racism action plan.
The Prem have made six commitments to improve diversity within the game – with the headline being new targets at executive level at the league.
They want one woman and one BAME to be part of their board by 2016, with a target set for female representation at 40 per cent within ten years.
And the plan is to have 20 per cent of the board coming from a BAME background by that time, which is almost certain to mean the size of executive increases from four currently in place.
But the targets are only for the league as a business itself to fulfil – there is nothing in place which mandates any of the clubs to increase representation from the black community in senior positions of their own.
Instead they have pledged to offer support to help clubs set their own targets, along with continuing to deliver community education and improve pathways for coaches.
It means there is nothing groundbreaking in the document which has been worked on over the past six months, and was given unanimous support last week.
There is no provision on ensuring black and minority ethnic managers and coaches get opportunities in senior roles at clubs.
But the league have been working with the FA and EFL drawing up plans in that area which are planned to be announced later this year.
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Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds. This diversity has made the game stronger on the pitch and it is vital we ensure this is reflected across all areas of the game.
“The No Room For Racism Action Plan underpins the Premier League’s continued commitment to promoting equality and tackling discrimination. It builds on the wide-ranging work undertaken by clubs, aiming to ensure that everyone can achieve their potential, regardless of background.
“There is no place for racism in our sport and the Premier League will continue to take action against all forms of discrimination so that football is inclusive and welcoming for all.”