Without action, we risk losing a generation of BAME coaches | Liam Rosenior

Without action, we risk losing a generation of BAME coaches | Liam Rosenior

07-Dec-2017 16:09:21 | The Guardian

There has been debate whether the Rooney Rule will be good for our game or if it’s another example of tokenism. Surely that debate is missing the point

On Sunday 4 February 2007, I stayed up late and joined millions of other sports fans to watch the Super Bowl – a huge occasion filled with excitement, buildup and anticipation creating a special occasion every year. This one, however, was unique as history was about to be made in a way that would deeply excite, inspire and resonate with me and will stay with me for the rest of my life.

One of the coaches of the teams – Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts or Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears – was about to become the first BAME head coach to place their hands on the coveted Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy. They looked just like me, were positive role models I could relate to and were an example that no matter the colour of my skin, my gender or my religion I could aspire to be anything I wanted to be with humility and hard work.

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