Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell scoops BEDSA prize

Sunday 22 Feb 2015
Chris Powell named Coach of the Year at the BEDSAs

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell was awarded Coach of the Year in The FA sponsored category at the BEDSAs on Saturday.

Coventry's Ricoh Arena played host to the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards, which also saw a special appearance by Fauja Singh who, at 103, is the world's oldest marathon runner. 

Former athlete Denise Lewis was another of the night's winners, collecting a lifetime achievement award. 

Chris Ramsey, QPR

QPR boss Chris Ramsey presented the Coach of the Year award

Lewis said: "An event of this kind is a long time coming. 

"You never stop being inspired by other people and anything is possible. My message to young people out there is that dreams can come true." 

Powell's Coach of the Year award was presented by Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey - the Premier League's only black manager - and the Hoops' Director of Football, Les Ferdinand. 

Former England defender Powell, who played five times for the Three Lions, was absent from the event but his award was accepted by FA Council and Inclusion Advisory Board member, Paul Elliott. 

"I want to pay tribute to a wonderful individual in Chris Powell. Being a coach these days can be very challenging and he has proved his worth as a capable and experienced operator. 

Olympians Christine Ohuruogu and Denise Lewis with Fauja Singh (centre)

"In addition the impact of the two men presenting this award, in Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, cannot be understated. 

"The message it sends out to young aspiring black and Asian coaches is one of real positivity." 

Ramsey and former England striker Ferdinand are both beneficiaries of The FA backed 'On Board' corporate governance initiative which equips black and asian former players with skills to sit on boards and committees. 

Powell pipped Sunil Birdy, National Boccia Participation Manager, and former 100m sprinter turned Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn, to the award. 

The event was organised by Sporting Equals, a charity which promotes ethnic diversity in sport.

For more information about the BEDSAs, click here.

By FA Staff