Oxfordshire FA were delighted to partner up with The Diversity Football League to deliver an introduction to football coaching workshop, held at Oxford City Football Club on Sunday 7 April 2019.
Oxfordshire FA and The Diversity Football League worked in partnership to organise the workshop, which saw 28 individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups from across Oxford attend.
The workshop was delivered following The Diversity Football League celebrating the success of its first season, which has been delivered at Oxford City over the past sixmonths. The Diversity Football League is a community-led project with teams from Oxford’s Kurdish, Eritrean, Nigerian, Romanian, Syrian and Pakistani communities
The workshop was delivered by Waheed Ramzan (recent Oxfordshire UEFA B Graduate) and supported by Mark Haining (The FA). The workshop provided attendees with the opportunity to enjoy a taster of football coaching and the aim was to not only up-skill individuals, but to also inspire them to take up a coaching role in the future.
As part of Oxfordshire FA’s Inclusion & Diversity work over the next three years, the Association have committed to increasing the number of qualified coaches from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
Michael Thurlow, Football Development Manager at Oxfordshire FA, said: “We are committed to ensuring the football workforce in Oxfordshire is diverse and reflective of the population. We are delighted to be working with The Diversity Football League to support our work in this area and provide opportunities to individuals from BAME communities in Oxford to get involved in coaching.”
Oxfordshire FA has plans to work with the league to deliver a workshop in September 2019 with the ambition of providing an opportunity to those individuals that are interested and committed to undertake their FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification in 2019-20 season.
Hassan Sabriye, from The Diversity Football League, added: “The workshop had great outcomes and has received brilliant feedback, providing an opportunity for individuals from diverse communities in Oxford to experience a coaching workshop for the first time. We are looking forward and excited to work closely with the County FA moving forward to provide further opportunities for communities in Oxford."
For more information and to get involved in the Diversity Football League, please contact Michael Thurlow, Football Development Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org