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Refresh is a company built on principles.

We embrace diversity. We want to see greater equality across society. We believe sport and entertainment can be used to engage audiences with positive messages.

It is essential that we contribute to society and use our skills and time to support the following projects in the sports and media industries.

FOOTBALL BLACK LIST

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

 

The initiative – which has been supported by The FA, Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and Kick It Out, provides an opportunity to reflect on how diverse the football industry is, discuss the under representation of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds – and, most importantly, identify how to address this issue.

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

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

The initiative, founded in 2009 by Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds, highlights the most influential individuals from the black community in the sport.

The annual celebration evening is supported by the Premier League.

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BCOMS

BCOMS (The Black Collective of Media in Sport) aims to be the first port of call both for black professionals in the sports media and talented newcomers looking to develop their careers.

Working across the full breadth of the sports media – TV, radio, online and print – BCOMS members include award-winning journalists, producers, presenters, researchers, production managers and editors. BCOMS members work for the top names in media, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, major independents and across the written press.

BCOMS believes that African, Caribbean and mixed race people are significantly under-represented in the sports media despite disproportionate interest in, and achievement from, the community on the field of play.

As a network, we feel the lack of diversity across the sports media – both in front and behind the camera, in the written press, online and in radio – has reached a critical point. And while diversity is a hot topic in most sectors, astonishingly sports media has never been put under the microscope.

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SPTT

The SPTT – (Sports People’s Think Tank) focusses on thought leadership and sportspeople proactively playing their part in finding solutions to issues within sports.

The organisation was formed by sports people, for sports people to address social and cultural issues. As well as common issues current sports professionals and ex-sports professionals consider important and in need of change.

The main purpose of the SPTT is to effect change. What should be changed in practice varies depending on the social climate at the time and the requirements of the SPTT’s members.

The SPTT is the voice of its members and sportspeople in general. We believe sportspeople can play a greater role in addressing pressing issues in sport – and as a group, we are determined to do so.

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