Tottenham Hotspur aiming to build on their track record of promoting Black coaches

As we launch our Football Diversity Inclusion Code for English football, a number of clubs have already pledged their support. And Tottenham Hotspur are one club who have been at the forefront of promoting BAME coaches...

Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
Ledley King has joined the Spurs first team coaching staff this season

Tottenham Hotspur has a zero-tolerance policy on all types of discrimination and works closely with organisations across the game to promote diversity and encourage inclusive practices throughout everything we do.

The club is proud of its strong track record in ensuring Black coaches flourish within our organisation. Chris Hughton, Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and the late Ugo Ehiogu are among several examples of prominent Black coaches that have crafted their trade at Spurs.

This tradition continues into the present day with Ledley King appointed first team assistant and Chris Powell appointed as head of coaching (U17 – U23) during the summer.

Former Academy players Troy Archibald-Henville, Sam Cox, Chris Riley and Anton Blackwood all perform coaching roles within the club.

The club is also proud of the diversity that exists amongst its staff, including Sarah Ebanja - the only Black chief executive officer of a football club Foundation in the Premier League.

Through its Foundation, the Club runs a number of projects aimed at promoting inclusion and equality for all, including sport and employability programmes for people with a range of disabilities, girls’ football programmes and educational workshops for local school children around Black history.


This is particularly important to the club as the Tottenham area is one of the most ethnically diverse in Europe.

The club works closely with the Proud Lilywhites, its official LGBT supporters’ group, to combat issues relating to homophobia within the game and create a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans.

We are a committed supporter of all wider campaigns aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion within the game, including Premier League’s ‘No Room for Racism’, Kick It Out’s ‘Take A Stand’ and Stonewall’s ‘Rainbow Laces’.

We see this as an important and timely next step in the Club’s ongoing commitment to championing diversity across everything we do.

We believe the Code will, once and for all, raise the visibility of diversity and inclusion across the game and ensure clubs are truly representative of the communities in which we are embedded.

Find more information on how to sign up to the Football Leadership Diversity Code, and further detail on its principles, pledges and definitions.


By FA Staff