Black List Awards 2010

Leon co-founded Football’s Black List and The Black List Awards

Football’s Black List has become the biggest and most respected celebration of African and Caribbean achievement in the British game. 


Household names and highly respected people from the industry including – Rio Ferdinand, Dame Heather Rabbatts, Yaya Toure, Hope Powell CBE, Lord Herman Ouseley and Rachel Yankey OBE – have featured on the list.


The initiative, founded in 2009 by Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds, highlights the most influential individuals from the black community in the sport. You can visit the official website here.


The focus of the Black List is to shine a light on the achievements of the community in football – but away from the pitch.

Black List Awards 2010

The Black List Awards have been held at Wembley Stadium twice, as well as the House of Lords and London Olympics HQ


It also provides an opportunity to reflect on how diverse the football’s industry is and discuss the under representation of people from African Caribbean backgrounds and how to address this issue.


A key aim of the initiative is to highlight role models – working across a wide range of positions in football – to young people to educate and encourage them to think about how they can get involved in the sport beyond the field of play.


The Black List also pays tribute to individuals making a difference within the community and at the grassroots level of the game.


Bobby Barnes

The initiative – celebrating diversity in the game – has received widespread support from the football family.

The 2016 Black List will be published in The Voice Newspaper in the summer.


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