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Ferdinand and Powell nominated for Black List awards

Rio Ferdinand and England women's team manager Hope Powell are among the nominees for football's Black List awards.

The awards are back with a star-studded event taking place at London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Canary Wharf tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Black List awards celebrate achievements by those in the black community at all levels of the game, with supporters including the Football Association, the Professional Footballers’ Association, Kick It Out, the Black Collective of Media in Sport and Horizon - with The Voice newspaper as a media partner.

The awards were created in 2008 by BBC journalist Leon Mann and The Voice sports editor Rodney Hinds. Despite struggling to find funding, they have worked hard to bring them back for the fourth year.

“The Black List awards is very special as it brings different parts of the black community together.” said Mann.


The initiative is not just about the players on the pitch, the aim is to give recognition for activities of those at grass roots and administrative level. The categories at the awards include media, commercial, administration, community, coaching and management.

There will also be awards for off-the-pitch, grass roots and the Keith Alexander award.

“It is not right that our community can have more than 25 per cent of players on the pitch but not have the same representation in other areas, in particular administration,” continued Mann.

“You can expect to see a number of new names on the list that people aren’t quite familiar with, but will be very impressed with their achievements.”

Guests will include Premier League players, London 2012 Olympians and black managers and coaches.

This years nominees also include Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara and Daily Mirror sports journalist Darren Lewis.

By Natasha Henry

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