Show Racism the Red Card educational coach joins plethora of SRtRC patrons nominated for award
Paul Mortimer is one of 30 nominees in the Black List, which celebrates the achievements of the black community across all levels in football. The awards were founded by journalist Leon Mann and The Voice Newspaper sports editor Rodney Hinds, and recognises the achievement of black people off the pitch.
The awards recognise the black community’s contribution “away from the thick of the action”, from those working in grassroots football to those in the media and operating administrators.
Leon Mann has said this years’ Black List is the hardest yet, but it’s also crucial due to the rise in racist incidents in the game in the past 18 months. Mann said “this year’s Black List isn’t just about the most recognised or powerful black people in football, but also those who the community feels it should honour for how they represented them in troubled times.”
Paul works tirelessly for our campaign: visiting schools across England and participating in educational events at football clubs to educate young people about racism, and is a fantastic role model for young people.
In the mix there are also a number of SRtRC Hall of Famers nominated for their hard work in the game, including Norwich City manager Chris Hughton, Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell, Reading forward Jason Roberts, veteran Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Barnes, whilst Efe Sodje's charity has been nominated. Arsenal veteran and England's most capped female player, Rachel Yankey and England women's coach Hope Powell, who are patrons of the campaign, have also been nominated. Here's the full list of nominees. Good luck to Paul and the rest of our Hall of Fame and patron nominees!
by Natasha Bougourd