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Without action, we risk losing a generation of BAME coaches | Liam Rosenior

There has been debate whether the Rooney Rule will be good for our game or if it’s another example of tokenism – surely that debate is missing the point

On Sunday 4 February 2007, I stayed up late and joined millions of other sports fans to watch the Super Bowl – a huge occasion filled with excitement, buildup and anticipation creating a special occasion every year. This one, however, was unique as history was about to be made in a way that would excite, inspire and resonate with me and will stay with me for the rest of my life.

One of the coaches of the teams – Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts, or Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears – was about to become the first BAME head coach to place their hands on the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. They looked just like me, were positive role models I could relate to and were an example that no matter the colour of my skin, my gender or my religion I could aspire to be anything I wanted to be with humility and hard work.

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