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Moore: Career pathways opening up for people of colour

11 Feb 2023
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Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore praises Premier League initiatives, but says more must be done

Darren Moore has praised the progress that has been made helping former players and coaches from minority backgrounds on their career pathways, but says more must be done to ensure greater diversity at senior level in football.

As well as being manager at League One leaders Sheffield Wednesday, Moore is Chair of the Premier League's Black Participants’ Advisory Group (BPAG).

Launched in 2019, BPAG has brought together current and former players and managers from minority backgrounds with the aim of ensuring that their voice was heard.

"There's consistent work going on," Moore told Sky Sports News. "There has been developments in all areas and we're obviously working strategically with all the footballing bodies."

As BPAG Chair, Moore has seen how Premier League initiatives such as the Professional Player to Coach Scheme and Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme have started to address the need to improve diversity among coaches at clubs.

The next step is to increase diversity in leadership positions at clubs, which is why the Player to Executive Pathways Scheme (PEPS), a pilot programme with seven former players following a tailored programme, was launched in November 2022. 

"We've seen the coaching pathways develop, we've seen the social network platforms engage with us on online abuse and we're still working extensively to try and open the door for those executive pathways so people of colour get in to those roles," said Moore, who made 81 Premier League appearances for West Bromwich Albion and Derby County.

"There's been progress. But there's still a lot of work to be done."

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