A unique football site solely dedicated to recognising black excellence in the European game
Pitching It Black is here to celebrate black talent in European football. To be candid for a moment, Europe is where it’s at when it comes to elite club competition. The continent is home to some of the best leagues in the world – Premier League in England, Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 are just a few of them. Then there’s the UEFA Champions League, the pinnacle of the club game, and its little brother, the Europa League.
The African continent is a hotbed for black footballing talent. Thousands of players with African and Caribbean roots are currently plying their trade all over Europe in the top divisions and in the lower ranks. Black players aren’t just present in the European club scene however. Now more than ever, we’re consistently seeing more and more black footballers representing European nations on the international stage.
All the material you’ll find here will celebrate that presence, alongside content that will hopefully provoke thought. Take for instance the lack of black coaches, managers and board members in the game. For the 2016/17 season the EFL (English Football League) have introduced an equivalent to America’s Rooney Rule, with the aim of addressing the underrepresentation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the English game. Pitching It Black will be paying close attention.
If only there was such a rule in the media. The lack of diversity in journalism as a whole, much less sports journalism, is embarrassing and this site was essentially created to help address that. There may not be many black football journalists – male or female – out there, but there sure are countless numbers of black football fans/enthusiasts and even aspiring sports writers desperate for a platform to express themselves. Pitching It Black intends to be that platform.
The main objective is to bring you honest content from a unique stance to encourage conversation and debate in this social media age. On the topic of social media, look out for Pitching It Black on Twitter and Facebook. Any follows, likes, retweets and shares would be greatly appreciated.
Finally, if you would like to contribute to the site, feel free to reach out at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, it’s a celebration.