On Friday October 19, the Cheshire FA hosted a Black History Month event organised by FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer, Steve Smithies.
The evening was a celebration of football and the achievements of players and coaches and looked at how we can work in partnership to support further opportunities for players and coaches from the BAME Community.
On the night, there were presentations from Kevin Coleman (FA Equality & Diversity Manager) and Arran Williams from ‘Kick It Out.’ There was also an opportunity for all that attended to network over a drink and some authentic Caribbean food, provided by ‘D’s Rice ‘n’ Peas.’
The evening finished with an excellent insight into the playing experiences and journey into coaching and coach mentoring from Jimmy Khan, former Pakistan International Footballer.
Mark Caine, who attended the evening said: “It was a truly fantastic evening, one where you were made to feel so welcome, with inspirational speakers. great food and wonderful company. The evening has put me back on track and watch this space on actually doing some Coaching.”
In addition to the speakers, the Cheshire FA launched their BAME Coaches Network, which aims to support aspiring and existing BAME coaches within Cheshire through The FA Coaching Pathway, with mentoring and workshops in conjunction with the FA Coach Mentor programme.
FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer, Steve Smithies, said: “It was a real honour to be part of such a great evening celebrating Black History Month at Cheshire County FA.
“All who attended really enjoyed the evening and took lots away from the informative and inspirational guest speakers.
I would like to thank all those who attended, the guest speakers and also James and the County FA for supporting such an important event.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the Cheshire FA BAME Coaches Network click HERE