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10 June 2016

Town one of ten clubs to support BAME

- HTAFC support BAME
- Huddersfield Town one of ten EFL clubs to back proposal
- Town back equal employment opportunities

Huddersfield Town is one of ten EFL clubs who are supporting the BAME proposal to help tackle the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The new measures, which will take immediate effect, include the introduction of mandatory new recruitment practices for coaching positions in Academy football and a Voluntary Recruitment Code in First Team football, which will be piloted during 2016/17.

Town and other EFL sides had supported ‘in principle’ to the introduction of positive action measures aimed at promoting diversity in coaching positions 12 months ago and they have now formally endorsed the principles that had been finalised during the 2015/16 campaign.

Departing EFL Chairman, Greg Clarke said: “It is absolutely essential that EFL clubs continue to reflect the communities in which they are based. This includes ensuring that recruitment practices are open and transparent with appointments being made on the basis of merit alone.

“It is clear to us that we currently have an under-representation of BAME managers and coaches at club level and it is therefore the right time to take proportionate action to ensure the best talent, from all backgrounds, is given a fair opportunity to enter and progress through the system.

“I believe this is an important moment for sport in this country and I'm very proud that it is our clubs that are leading the way.  They have done the right thing and deserve considerable credit.

“I would like to offer my thanks to all those who have contributed to our work including the NFL, whose Rooney Rule provided the inspiration, as well as EFL clubs, the FA, the Premier League, LMA, PFA, the Sports Peoples' Think Tank and Kick It Out, whose chairman, Lord Ouseley, provided sound advice throughout.”

Huddersfield Town Chief Executive, Julian Winter added: “We have always been - and continue to be – in favour of equal opportunities for employment, which is why we as a Club have supported the proposal put forwards by the EFL.”

Mandatory Requirements at Academy level

Under EFL regulations:

- Clubs will be required to advertise any position within the club’s Academy that requires the individual to hold a UEFA A or UEFA B coaching badge on the club’s website and the EFL website for a minimum of 7 days.

- Clubs must include at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) on the interview shortlist for that position.

- Clubs must appoint the successful candidate on the basis of merit alone.

- Clubs must provide details of the recruitment process to the EFL, including the number of BAME applicants and the number of BAME candidates interviewed.

- Clubs will be permitted to fill a position by promoting an internal candidate (from a position requiring a UEFA A or B coaching badge only) without applying the above process.  However, the position vacated by that individual must be filled in accordance with the new regulations.

Voluntary Recruitment Code in First Team Football

- During the season, clubs will be expected to interview one or more BAME candidate for any First Team managerial/coaching role (where an application has been received) in instances where they run a full recruitment process.

- During the close season, clubs will be expected to run a full recruitment process for any First Team managerial/coaching role during which they must interview one or more BAME candidates (where an application has been received).

Clubs piloting the Voluntary Recruitment Code during 2016/17:

Championship: Birmingham City, Fulham, HUDDERSFIELD TOWN and Wolverhampton Wanderers

League One: Chesterfield, Coventry City, Millwall and Peterborough United

League Two: Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United

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