Jules’ evening at the Football Black List Celebration Event
9th November 2017
Last night I attended the Football Black List in Shoreditch along with friends, colleagues and many other wonderful people who work in football.
The evening celebrates the amazing work that people from African and Caribbean backgrounds in football do. What’s so fantastic about the event, is that it recognises those both on and off the pitch, so from players to coaches, to back room staff and community supporters.
The Football Black List is supported by the Premier League and Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore was there with us for the celebrations.
I presented the Practitioners award with Brighton manager Chris Hughton to the worthy recipients Simone Pound, Marvin Robinson, Michael Bennet, Wayne Allison and my friend Troy Townsend. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Chris Hughton, being a Brighton fan, and he really is the nicest guy in football!
On the guest list was Bristol City striker Bobby Reid, who’s aiming for that Championship golden boot, Anton Ferdinand, the inspiring Joe Thompson, Yannick Bolasie, and Rachel Yankee to name a few, and it was hosted by my pal Spoony.
It was also a very emotional night as the Football Black List named the ‘one to watch’ award after Ugo Ehiogu, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Ugo received that very same award himself just weeks before he left us, so it was a poignant touch by the organisers. Ugo’s family said some touching words and his wife was moved to tears when she spoke of his amazing work, but also what he was like as a man. You could tell just how much he was loved by the incredible support in the room.
What was so wonderful about the evening was all the smiling faces. A room genuinely filled with people who were proud of the work they were doing, and it was a real honour, as a female in sport from a mixed race background, to be there to share it with everyone.
Thank you Leon Mann for organising a fantastic evening!