Background to the Association.
The Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA) was developed from an initiative from the Martin Shaw King Trust to improve access to coaching, coaching jobs, and allied professions from grassroots to the professional game.
After being founded in March 2010, the organisation was established as a legally constituted body with representatives from Kick It Out, The Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
The Black and Asian Coaches Association will serve as an advocate for all coaches within the soccer community. BACA will promote opportunities for improving the participation of under-presented people in the game of soccer. BACA will help to identify, educate, develop, promote and support under-represented people into leadership positions within the soccer community.
1) To research the coaching needs; aspirations, barriers and pathways of Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic Coaches.
2) To improve the representation of all Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic coaches.
3) To set up and develop trans-cultural mentoring programmes.
4) To ensure all jobs and posts are widely advertised and the Rooney Rule is considered.
5) To improve the scientific, psychological and management standards in relation to the safeguarding of children of an African and Asian origins in line with Modern Slavery Bill 2014.
6) To ensure all BACA members become members of The FA’s Licensed Coaches’ Club Scheme. Adopted 10 April 2010 Chelsea FC.
7) To develop the capacity of all Football Agencies to improve the culture all organisation in relation to MacPherson Report 1999 and the Equality Act 2010.
Administration Coach Education: Dr Colin King.
Regional Rep/BME Mentor Lead: Steve Smithies
Head of Youth Council: Umi Marke King
CPD Licensing Regional Rep North: Asad Qureshi
CPD Licensing Regional Rep: Rashid Abba
Professional Game and Welfare: Michael Bennett MA
Grassroots/Licensing Officer: Wallace Hermitt.
Work Completed 2016/17
1) Comprehensive research of BAME Licensed Coaches.
2) Comprehensive research of BAME tutors.
3) Mentoring of Asian clubs, Asian coaches, and the Licensing of 50 Asian coaches
4) Support and advice to BAME coaches to obtain coach Mentoring positions
5) Talent Identification practices BAME, and white coaches and managers
6) Development of a trans-cultural mentoring program for UEFA B students.
7) Support of a MA study into mental health and professional footballers, and PhD study into a player centred mental health model.
8) Strategic links with Black Coaches Association America
Work Plan 2017/18
1) To improve the representation of all BAME Coaches and Tutors.
2) To set up and develop a Trans-cultural mentoring programmes for BAME Coaches and Tutors.
3) To ensure all jobs and post are widely advertised and Rooney Rule is considered.
4) To improve the scientific, psychological and management standards in relation to the safeguarding of children of an African and Asian heritage.
5) Increase BACA members of the Licensing coaching Scheme.
BACA Work planner.
Asian/BAME Tutor Mentoring Programme
1) Mentoring programme for tutors from the grassroots and professional game.
2) To support Tutors getting signed off from the 2007 BAME Tutor Training.
3) To integrate targets into Rooney County Plans for season 2015-2016.