LGBT coaches network launched04 February 2016

February21seesthelaunchofEngland’sLesbianGayBisexualandTransgender(LGBT)FootballCoachesNetworkattheFootballAssociation’sNationalFootballCentre,StGeorge’sPark.ThenetworkisaninitiativeofPrideSports,theLGBTSportsDevelopmentandEquityOrganisationforEngland,anditsdevelopmenthasbeenfundedthroughtheUEFACaptainsofChangeProgramme.

The launch of the Coaches Network comes after a snapshot survey of over 100 LGBT football coaches last summer found that found that 78% of LGBT coaches had experienced negativity towards LGBT people during their career, and that just under half of the lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents weren’t out in their coaching role. Network Steering Group Chair, James Earl explains:

“We want to change that by providing positive role models for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendercoaches, highlighting where there has been success and building a community. We also want to raise awareness of the fabulous contribution LGBT coaches are making to the national game”

The new Network will welcome membership from all sections of the LGBT coaching community, from grassroots to the professional game and will also welcome coaches who see themselves as allies to the LGBT coaching community. The Network has ambitions to hold continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for its members, provide an online discussion forum, and provide an opportunity for inclusive football employers to advertise coaching opportunities on their website.

The Network Launch is supported by the FA with a launch event at St George’s Park providing an opportunity for coaches to access a CPD session from one of the FA’s top-flight UEFA A licensed coaches, followed by a panel discussion featuring former QPR Manager Chris Ramsey along with members of the Network Steering Group.

To book a place at the event, click here.