No Room For Racism

No Room For Racism Action Plan progress: Executive pathways

9 Feb 2023
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We see what has changed in increasing diversity in leadership positions in all areas

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Premier League No Room For Racism Action Plan Commitments

To mark the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Premier League No Room For Racism Action Plan, the Premier League is updating the progress that has been made on the six key objectives that were set out in its No Room For Racism Action Plan.

We will also outline the targets that have been set for those “key pillars” to ensure that this momentum continues.

Executive pathways

Commitment: The Premier League set medium and long-term targets for its own organisation to increase diversity in leadership positions in all areas, creating a workforce which reflects the diversity of our industry and communities.

The Premier League is committed to increasing the diversity of its own workforce, setting medium and long-term targets when the Action Plan was launched, as well as developing programmes to provide more opportunities within football for people from under-represented groups.  

Company-wide workforce from ethnically diverse backgrounds has increased from 12 per cent in February 2021 to 16.5 per cent. The target for 2026 is 18 per cent and for 2031 is 30 per cent.

The Player to Executive Pathways Scheme (PEPS)
A pilot programme was launched in November 2022 with seven former players following a tailored programme.

This includes a placement to gain experience of club operations, with an official from each club acting as a mentor to their PEPS participant.

Premier League Futures
A new 12-month course launched in May 2022 with the aim of identifying and preparing current or former Academy players, aged 18-24, for future executive roles in the professional game.

The programme supports male and female Academy players from a diverse background, providing management and leadership, with 12 participants taking part in Season 2022/23.

Also in this series

Part 1: No Room For Racism two-year progress update explained
Part 2: Action Against Racism
Part 3: Embedding equality
Part 5: Coaching pathways
Part 6: Player and match official pathways
Part 7: Supporting communities

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