The Football Black List is back, with awards which celebrate black excellence and achievement, with it this year showcasing four Premier League stars as well as a female star who is a top football content creator and strong player.
The list was published on 2nd February, and on the 22nd March 2023, The Football Black List will host its celebration event and award the winners.
With a lack of diversity across the sport and those in decision making positions, the Football Black List is an award which highlights influential individuals in football and shines a light on how they inspire the next generation which follows after them.
This year’s player’s list did not disappoint, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling all making the headlines.
Charlotte Lynch, football player for Leyton Orient Ladies FC, stood alone as the only female winner on the player’s list, an incredible accomplishment in a male dominated industry.
Lynch was recognised by the Football Black List following a series of her off-field endeavours.
“I’ve always had a passion to make a difference for the future generation,” she said.
Lynch is passionate about tackling hunger and supports ‘The Lion’s Food Hub’ founded by Millwall FC and regularly hosts women’s empowerment projects, including volunteering for a medical mission in the Philippines where she provided medical care & food to locals in need.
Lynch’s work with young people has truly been inspiring, where she shares her experiences and knowledge on how they can become the best versions of themselves.
Leon Mann, who is the co-founder of The Football Black List, which was founded and first published in 2008, expressed his delight following Lynch’s nomination.
“Charlotte Lynch is an outstanding role model and somebody who is hugely deserving of being highlighted on The Football Black List,” he said.
Mann explained how Lynch actively uses her platform to inspire and engage women, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.
He also went on to highlight how at the latest women’s European Football Championship, the England team lacked diversity.
“We saw at the women’s Euros, the England team lacked diversity, and that shone a light on the wider problem,” he said.
“And, Charlotte is certainly part of the solution,” Mann added.
Ultimately, the work from individuals like Lynch have a strong impact, and aid in changing the narrative of a lack of diversity in the sport.