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Black History Month: Coach Max’s Story

As Black History Month unfolds, it’s the perfect time to celebrate and honour the contributions of individuals who have made a profound impact on their communities and industries. Nottingham Forest Community Trust’s Lead Coach, Max McLeod, stands as a shining example of such an individual. Max’s journey as a successful black coach with a UEFA B licence not only serves as an inspiration but also offers valuable lessons for those seeking to improve and learn within the football community.


Max’s UEFA B licence is a testament to his dedication and expertise in the field of football coaching. By opening this session to fellow coaches, he aims to share his knowledge and experience, helping others along their coaching journey. This dedication to giving back and supporting aspiring coaches is truly commendable and embodies the spirit of Black History Month.

Max’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges, and he recognises the importance of sharing his experiences as a black coach in football. This year, Max was nominated to be a part of the Football Blacklist panel, an extraordinary achievement that allowed him to reflect on his journey thus far.

Being a part of this panel gave Max the opportunity to share his unique perspective and experiences, shedding light on the challenges he has faced and the remarkable individuals he has had the privilege to work with. It’s a testament to his resilience, passion, and commitment to the sport. Max’s presence on the panel helps create awareness and paves the way for a more inclusive future in football.

What sets Max McLeod’s work apart is not only his dedication to coaching but also the diversity of individuals he interacts with through his role at the Nottingham Forest Community Trust. He works with a wide array of people from different backgrounds, ranging from primary school children to inmates and individuals with disabilities. This diversity reflects the inclusive spirit of the Trust and its commitment to making football accessible to all.

Max says, “Black History Month provides us with the opportunity to celebrate black culture and remember the many contributions we have made to our community. Most importantly, it serves as a platform for educating people and raising awareness about these accomplishments. This month, I am conducting a special session for coaches to attend and observe. It serves a dual purpose: first, to celebrate my journey as a successful black coach holding a UEFA B licence, and second, to educate and assist other coaches who are eager to enhance their skills and knowledge.”

Max continued, “This year, while working at the Trust, I was nominated to be on the Football Blacklist panel to discuss my experiences as a black coach in football. This was a special moment for me, as it allowed me to reflect on my journey thus far and recognise the diverse range of individuals, I have had the privilege to work with. This is one of the many reasons why I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world. Working at the Trust enables me to collaborate with people from various backgrounds, including primary school children, inmates, and individuals living with disabilities.”

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