Huddersfield Town are supporting the proposal to help tackle under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The John Smith’s Stadum Club are one of 10 Football League clubs backing the BAME pilot next season.

The new measures, which will take immediate effect, include the introduction of mandatory new recruitment practices for coaching positions in Academy football and a Voluntary Recruitment Code in first-team football.

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Town and other clubs had supported ‘in principle’ to the introduction of positive action measures aimed at promoting diversity in coaching positions 12 months ago, and they have now formally endorsed the principles.

Departing League Chairman, Greg Clarke said: “It is absolutely essential that EFL clubs continue to reflect the communities in which they are based.

“This includes ensuring that recruitment practices are open and transparent with appointments being made on the basis of merit alone.

“It is clear to us that we currently have an under-representation of BAME managers and coaches at club level and it is therefore the right time to take proportionate action to ensure the best talent, from all backgrounds, is given a fair opportunity to enter and progress through the system.

“I believe this is an important moment for sport in this country and I’m very proud that it is our clubs that are leading the way.

“They have done the right thing and deserve considerable credit.”

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Town chief executive, Julian Winter added: “We have always been – and continue to be – in favour of equal opportunities for employment, which is why we as a club have supported the proposal put forwards by the EFL.”

Clubs piloting the Voluntary Recruitment Code alongside Town during 2016/17 are Birmingham City, Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chesterfield, Coventry City, Millwall Peterborough United, Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United.