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Reach Society News

30 New Scholarships for British African Caribbean Students

The University of Glasgow's reparative justice programme will transform lives in the Black community.

The first project emerging from the collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Reach Society is the James McCune Smith Scholarships for British students of African Caribbean background who are admitted to undergraduate degree courses in 2019.

Employability Day in Leicester, 29 May
Young people, aged 10 to19, in Leicester and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and slightly more than two dozen local employers, large and small, at the first Employability Day held on 29 May 2019, on the campus of the University of Leicester.
2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Forthcoming Events

  • 27/09/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 19/10/2019 7.30pm - 8th Recognition Awards Dinner
  • 25/10/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.


Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner


Reach Society have awarded their first scholarship, allowing student Demani Jules-Carbon the opportunity to read International Football Business at UCFB.

The Society was founded by Dr Donald Palmer, Rob Neil and Dr Dwain Neil and offers several services, including a networking programme and a careers programme. However, this is the first time Reach Society have awarded a scholarship.

UCFB delivers undergraduate degrees and executive education in the administrative, management and operational business facets of the football and sports industries and it is through this that Demani has been selected for the scholarship based on his motivation, academic achievement and extra-curricular work.

Demani said: “Reach Society and UCFB looked at my work outside of my studies, as well as my motivation and character.

I manage a Sunday League team and have been coaching for about 4 years. This is my second year in management and I’ve learned a lot. Going up against managers who don’t know how old you are and they treat you like any other manager. It’s that sort of experience you need at a young age so when I am older, it won’t be starting again, it will merely be a continuation of what I’ve done before.

UCFB and Reach Society have given me a massive responsibility as the first person to take this full scholarship on is fantastic, and I’m a flagbearer for people that may do it in the future. Any professional team can be a platform and there are not many Black, Asian and minority ethnic managers in the Football League as a whole so to be one of the few and open the doors for others would be something Reach Society and I would like to do.”

Reach Society Chairman Dr Dwain Neil said: “We are delighted that Demani Jules-Carbon is the first winner of the UCFB Reach Society Scholarship. His attainment was recognised at the recent Milestone Recognition Awards.”

Reach Society hosted their 4th Recognition Awards on the 17th October at the Kensington Close Hotel. There were speeches from Lord Herman Ouseley, the Society’s patron, Courtenay Griffiths, QC; and guests from Pfizer, Birmingham University, Lloyds Banking Group and City & Islington College to mark its five year milestone of serving the community and honouring their professionals for reaching back.