Below are the latest updates from the work of A.S.P.I.R.E, Kick It Out’s Young Ambassadors, set up to advise the organisation on how to promote the messages of equality and inclusion to young people nationwide.
To contact the group regarding their work, send an email to ASPIRE@kickitout.org.
Ammarah wins Huddersfield Examiner award - May 2017
In May 2017, Ammarah Pandor secured the Huddersfield Examiner Student Community Award for her fantastic work in her local area.
The Examiner laid out the reasons for her success below.
Ammarah Pandor has been a leading light in encouraging young Muslim women to get involved into sport.
The 18-year-old Greenhead College student is also playing a key role in helping to kick racism out of football.
She was nominated by Greenhead College teacher Jane Rylah, who said: “Ammarah is an engaging and articulate young woman with an enthusiastic and positive approach to life.
“This is exemplified by her work as a Young Ambassador for the charity Kick It Out whose aim is to remove discrimination from football.”
In this role Ammarah was the lead organiser of the first women’s five-a-side football tournament in Dewsbury and encouraged female Muslim footballers to participate.
Ammarah is a qualified FA coach and has carried out football coaching with both adults and children in a voluntary and paid capacity with Kick Off Dewsbury.
Its managing director Jamil Baig said: “Ammarah delivered some fantastic coaching and we were very impressed by her coaching skills.
“She is a credit to herself and mature and responsible beyond her years.”
Ammarah’s personal development has led to her gaining second place in the national finals of Sportivate Participant of the Year.
She was presented with her award by Olympic cycling champion Dame Sarah Storey at the Palace of Westminster last October.
Sportivate gives 14 to 25-year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six to eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports.
Ammarah, of Thornhill, Dewsbury, is studying A-levels in biology, psychology and PE and has been offered a conditional place at Loughborough University to study sports psychology.
She has an older brother, Umar, 19, and a younger sister, 15-year-old Fatima. Her parents are Yusuf Pandor and Feroza Patel.
Ammarah said: “Getting involved in sport this way has certainly made me a more confident person.”
From: Huddersfield Examiner
KD discusses his desire for change with BUCS - March 2017
As part of British University College Sport dedicated Kick It Out week, A.S.P.I.R.E. member KD Singh Rai wrote a piece for their website on his desire to create change for young people, to represent the underrepresented and inspire more to take a similar journey.
“I feel a lot of young people are turned off from the prospect of entering the football industry because they don’t feel that they are represented enough and this can be quite intimidating. I felt I had no real person I’d been able to connect with or emulate in the football industry.
“I am determined to break this glass ceiling!
“I want to be a role model to all young people who are underrepresented all over the country and to make these people believe that they can achieve anything they want and not to feel they can’t do so because their skin colour, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Football is for all.”
Having obtained his position with the Kick It Out ASPIRE group, KD believes engaging in the football industry has been one of the best decisions he’s ever made as it’s exposed him to a completely different world and wants to change perceptions within his community.
“Incredibly, it was football that has unleashed my pride on being a British Indian. I have met some inspirational people who have made me feel proud of my history, heritage and the colour of my skin.
“It’s incredibly tough getting involved in football, especially if you’re Asian.
“I think there’s a mentality from many Asian families to do well in education and obtain a career in professional field such as dentistry, medicine or law. There’s a lack of understanding and acceptance for young people who want a career in sports and it is ten times harder if you’re an Asian woman too.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky that my family have supported me all the way in pursuing my dream, however a lot of young Asians aren’t as lucky.”
The work in today’s society showcases how football can break down barriers and positively reinforce cultures and beliefs for a common cause, football is an opportunity #ForAll.
“Football is a great way to break down these barriers and stereotypes.
“One of the ASPIRE ambassadors, Ammarah Pandor, has done a huge amount of educational work in schools and has used football as a mechanism and a tool to break down stereotypes of Muslim women in the game.
“Football can successfully help embrace different cultures and communities together and break down these barriers that the media will try to create.”
Creating a diversified workforce with a full representation of today’s society is becoming increasingly prevalent for the future game. As KD pursues his career with clear belief, the need for more people like him and the ASPIRE group will begin to challenge organisations and businesses to diversity their workforces.
“Diversity is incredibly important for the work place as it enables a company to better reflect its consumers, it can lead to better decision making, healthy debate and can generate innovation and creativity.
“There is an issue of a lack of diversity in boardrooms of organisations throughout the UK that will enable us to connect with underrepresented groups and represent the culture and beliefs of these groups.”
Sophie discusses racial inequality at FRED - February 2017
Sophie Cowell represented Kick It Out alongside a number of influential figureheads from across the game, as they gathered to share their views and experiences of the impact and challenges of racism in football for a panel discussion at the University of Chester.
The event was hosted by the organisation and the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (FRED), with the aim of encouraging debate about how football currently deals with issues of racism between the panellists and audience.
Part of the University’s ‘Diversity Festival 2017’, the discussion saw expert panellists working within the sport put forward their ideas before participants were invited to share their ideas in what is expected to be an engaging forum.
Alongside Sophie, who is a researcher for FRED, panel members include Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, Steve Smithies, Regional Coach Mentor at The FA, and Sean Cottrell, Chief Executive Officer at Law In Sport.
Helping to share best practices and offering constructive proposals on how to tackle racial inequalities was the main focus for the discussion.
After the event, both Sophie and Hayley gave their reflections on ‘Tackling Racial Inequalities’ for the Kick It Out website, which you can read in full here.
A.S.P.I.R.E meet FA Chairman Greg Clarke - February 2017
Three members of A.S.P.I.R.E, Kick It Out’s young ambassador group, were invited to Wembley Stadium on Thursday 23 February to speak with Greg Clarke, Chairman of the Football Association (FA).
KD Rai, Louie Silvani and Sophie Cowell were given the opportunity to raise a number of issues with Clarke as part of the group’s plans to discuss the future of equality in football with a series of key stakeholders in the game.
The meeting began by the trio introducing themselves to Clarke and their role within A.S.P.I.R.E before they asked a series of questions on how football can become more inclusive.
After the meeting, Clarke gave his thoughts on the need for The FA to engage more with young people.
“For the sport to become more inclusive we need to make change across all levels of the game. We have 800 staff working across the country, where there are over 10 million people regularly participating in football; so we need to make sure that messages of diversity and inclusion are being received and acknowledge.
“To achieve this, it’s essential that the next generation help to actively promote these messages, and it is great to see a young group like A.S.P.I.R.E who want to change football for the better.
“It’s important that The FA develops its engagement with young people, such as the members from A.S.P.I.R.E, as they will become the future leaders of our game and society.”
Both Louie and Sophie were thrilled that A.S.P.I.R.E were given the opportunity to speak to the FA Chairman.
Louie said: “To speak with such an important stakeholder of the game and for them to give up their time to meet us gives us great confidence about the strides that A.S.P.I.R.E are making to help develop equality and diversity in football!”
Sophie commented: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet Greg Clarke to discuss how we can help to promote equality and tackle discrimination in football, and a great step for A.S.P.I.R.E in our aim of helping to make the game inclusive for young people.”
Danny Lynch, FA Communications Lead on Anti-discrimination and Equality, was pleased to help Kick It Out’s young ambassador group share their thoughts with Clarke.
“We were delighted to welcome A.S.P.I.R.E to The FA.
“Our current and future plans for football, see diversity and inclusion as a fundamental element to our work in promoting participation in football.
“Greg kindly gave his time to offer his support to A.S.P.I.R.E as well as offering guidance on how they can shape the future of the game.”
Tyra speaks to BBC Newsbeat about FA Council - February 2017
In February, following nationwide discussion about the lack of representation on the FA Council, A.S.P.I.R.E. Co-Chair Tyra Ali Ntege spoke to BBC Newsbeat to offer her thoughts on the need for greater diversity within English football’s governing body.
Below is an article from the BBC Newsbeat site.
It’s being claimed “stupid old men” are blocking change at the Football Association.
The government has been debating how football needs to evolve and is threatening to remove funding if it doesn’t reform.
We’ve heard for years that the game needs to become more diverse and criticism that big money is changing it.
So we asked four people who think football is broken how they’d fix it.
It needs to ’embrace change’
Tyra Ali Ntege is 17 and plays for Crystal Palace youth team. She is also an ambassador for football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out.
Tyra thinks the game needs to change dramatically to represent wider society.
“It’s simply demonstrated by the FA Council themselves who are comprised mainly of 60-year-old white men.
“I feel the FA Youth Council could be more diverse and increase their representation.
“At the end of the day, you cannot be running an organisation in such a dominating sport and be so far removed from the realities that are happening beneath you.
“You have to embrace change and you have to move forward.
“At the moment I’m witnessing quite a conservative attitude in the FA. The future of football, and where I stand in it, is something that I feel quite hopeless about.”
A.S.P.I.R.E. launch new logo - November 2016
A.S.P.I.R.E, Kick It Out’s young ambassador group, have launched a brand new logo as they continue to promote the organisation’s core messages of equality and inclusion.
A.S.P.I.R.E. were launched in February 2016 by Kick It Out to ensure the next generation continues to challenge discrimination and promote inclusion.
Members of the group provide a youth perspective on Kick It Out’s work and act as advisors and ambassadors for the organisation, as well as playing an active role in the organisation’s events and initiatives.
The logo was designed by George Burkett, a Ravensbourne graduate, who reflected on the creative process.
He said: “A.S.P.I.R.E. is more than just a group, they are a family – that’s where the inspiration for the logo came from. The concept is based around family crests and what they stand for, so I looked at family crests from all different cultures to find out what different shapes, symbols and colours mean.
“Once I found the elements that matched the values of A.S.P.I.R.E, with the help of Kick It Out, we crafted a logo that represents all the great work that the group does.”
Ammarah celebrates Black History Month in Manchester - October 2016
A.S.P.I.R.E. member Ammarah Pandor was in attendance as Kick It Out hosted an educational event, in partnership with Manchester United Foundation, to celebrate Black History Month at Old Trafford on Friday (21 October).
Held inside the Manchester Suite, Kick It Out delivered an interactive educational workshop to over 75 pupils from the local area, with former United midfielder Quinton Fortune taking part alongside club and Foundation staff.
Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, kicked off proceedings by introducing the pupils to the work that the organisation does, before fellow staff member Lyndon Roberts, who is the Professional Clubs Regional Officer (North), asked them to reflect on ways in which they might respond to racist incidents within football.
Hayley was pleased to have the opportunity to educate so many young people about the importance of Kick It Out’s core messages of equality and inclusion.
“We asked whether the participants thought that racism was still a problem in sport, and every single person raised their hand to say it was. This just shows how the day can have an impact, as we were able to discuss the best ways to respond to different incidents of racism that they may come across in the game.”
Following on from the introductions to equality and discrimination, Ammarah led an educational quiz about diversity and racism in football, before inviting the pupils to write a message in support of equality on special Kick It Out postcards.
McKenzie, a pupil from Burnage Academy for Boys, explained what he got out of the day: “We’ve been learning about what Kick It Out means and how we can stop racism and discrimination around us, for example at football matches and at school.
“If someone’s racist or discriminates against you can report it on the Kick It Out app, or say something to them so they know that it’s wrong.”
The event finished with Rishi Jain, former Kick It Out employee and Manchester United’s Equality and Inclusion Officer, leading a Q&A with Quinton about his experience of racism growing up in South Africa, as well as the challenges of moving to England without speaking the language.
Rishi hailed the success of the afternoon and emphasised United’s commitment to working with Kick It Out to promote awareness of equality.
He said: “It’s been great for us as a club because we’ve been able to engage with a key partner in Kick It Out, and send a really positive message to the young people involved in our Foundation programme. To have someone like Quinton being the face of the event for us and giving an insight into his career is priceless – you can’t really buy that sort of experience.”
Martin Ingham-Griffith, Manchester United Foundation’s Community Cohesion Coordinator, agreed: “I think collectively, we need to do more but to have an organisation like Kick It Out with a responsibility to take things on and pull things like this together, I think it’s really important and powerful. Football has such an ability to bring people together.
Peter and Mahdi test journalism skills at Craven Cottage - August 2016
A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors Peter Harding and Mahdi Khoshkoo visited Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, as they tested their journalism skills by writing a live match report.
Peter and Mahdi, who are both interested in making a career path in the media industry, attended the Cottagers’s second round EFL Cup clash against Premier League club Middlesbrough on Wednesday 16 August.
The A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors group was created to help the young people involved become future leaders of the football industry through support and gudiance offered by the organisation.
Both ambassadors were given a tour of the press facilities and the Jonny Haynes Stand by Carmelo Mifsud, Media Relations Manager at Fulham. Carmelo gave the ambassadors a detailed explanation of how the club deals with media outlets on matchdays. He revealed that over 60 journalists were in attendance for the match, including the BBC and TalkSPORT.
It was then down to business as Peter and Mahdi watched the game in progress and noted all the key moments of action. In an exciting cup tie, the two ambassadors were tested on their note-taking and awareness skills as they had to keep up-to-date with the frenetic pace of the match.
With the match finishing in extra-time, Peter and Mahdi then headed to the post-match press conference to hear the thoughts of both Slavisa Jokanovic and Aitor Karanka, Fulham and Middlesbrough manager respectively.
Tyra and Ahsan work with JLGB at Orient
Tyra Ali Ntege and Ahsan Majid were joined by a group of young people involved with the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) on Tuesday 16 August at the Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient FC, to learn more about football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, was supported by Tyra and Ahsan as they delivered a workshop to the group. The trio were also joined by Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer at Leyton Orient.
The group of young people, aged between 16-17, have been working with the JLGB as part of their interfaith National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which will see the participants develop their own social action project to support a charity or cause.
The workshop began with Hayley and Howard explaining their respective roles within their organisations and how they support diversity and inclusion in football. This was followed by Tyra and Ahsan passionately discussing how they became involved with Kick It Out through the A.S.P.I.R.E group.
Following the speeches, Howard took the group around the Matchroom Stadium pitch as he showed them a new community hub which will be launched with the Fans For Diversity campaign later this month.
A quiz on Kick It Out’s work followed, including questions based on diversity and discrimination in the sport that tested the group’s knowledge of the organisation.
The final activity of the workshop saw the group divided into smaller sections as they created and shared ideas for Kick It Out and football clubs to help develop greater links to the local community through activities and initiatives.
Both A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors reflected on a positive event at the Matchroom Stadium.
Ahsan said: “The event run with the JLGB NCS group not only allowed us to see what great ideas the participants had about events that promote inclusivity within football, but also showed us the Hub at Leyton Orient, which can be used for future projects like the brilliant ideas created at the event.”
Tyra commented: “It was inspiring for me to attend JLGB’s event and to be so involved by talking to and assisting fellow young people in coming up with ideas for their Social action project -partnered with ‘Fans for Diversity’.
“I enjoyed being able to educate others about Kick It Out and A.S.P.I.R.E in a fresh, new setting as well as sharing my personal experiences with those who may be able to relate them.”
Ammarah and Peter recognised for work in community - July 2016
Ammarah, 17, organised a football tournament for local girls in her community. Taking place at Kick Off Dewsbury, the tournament saw a number of young Muslim women play in a competition which aimed to encourage participation in football.
News of the tournament spread quickly with BBC Look North and BBC Radio Leeds both interviewing Ammarah as she spoke about the event.
She said: “I think it was a real success because especially in my community, there’s a lot of Muslim people, and a lot of Muslim girls who don’t play football. So I think it’s important to host events like these for the families and girls who aspire to play football to show them that it’s okay.”
Peter was also recognised for his work in the community as he was chosen as The FA Young Volunteer of the Year for the 2016 FA Community Awards.
Peter, who plays for Chelsea FC’s pan-disability team, was recognised for his efforts in the South East and Surrey region encouraging other young people with disabilities to play football.
Peter who has a Level 1 coaching badge to his name, regularly volunteers with Surrey FA, helping them to deliver opportunities for people with disabilities within the sport.
He spoke to Surrey FA’s website about winning the accolade:
“I feel honoured to have been recognised with all the awards that I have won in the last year and feel that there are other people who may read this who should become coaches – ideally in disability football!”
Young ambassadors A.S.P.I.R.E at Manchester City - June 2016
Kick It Out’s young ambassadors met at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium to discuss their future plans as advisers to the organisation, along with announcing a new name for the group – A.S.P.I.R.E.
The newly named A.S.P.I.R.E group, an abbreviation of Ambassadors Supporting and Promoting Inclusion, Respect and Equality, were given an unique opportunity to take a tour of the Etihad Stadium as they hosted their second meeting, following their first congress in February.
The agenda for the meeting included discussion points on Kick It Out’s work in the professional game, the Fans For Diversity campaign, run in partnership with the Football Supporters’ Federation, and how the group can develop relationship with other anti-discrimination organisations.
A.S.P.I.R.E heard from Keeley Baptista, Professional Game Manager at Kick It Out, and Rishi Jain, Football League Clubs Development Officer, as they spoke about the organisation’s work across the 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs. Keeley and Rishi also consulted the group on campaigning activity for the upcoming season, with all members providing invaluable feedback.
The group also discussed further plans to create their own event through the Fans For Diversity fund. The fund is provided by the Fans For Diversity campaign, which aims to target a number of supporter-led initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game.
Ahsan Majid, a member of A.S.P.I.R.E, said: “The meeting went well and was extremely productive.
“Keeley and Rishi spoke about the work they do with the Premier League and English Football League, in particular the Equality Standard and the Code of Practice. We also had a very productive brainstorming session on what events clubs could host through the Fans For Diversity Fund.
“We also made large strides in creating a logo for A.S.P.I.R.E, with several good ideas spoken about during the meeting.”
Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, said: “The second meeting of A.S.P.I.RE was a great opportunity to continue the development of our young ambassadors.
“All of the group members contributed to the day. They helped Keeley and Rishi with their plans for the 2016/17 season, by offering clear and concise advice to help the organisation engage with a younger audience.
“The next phase for the group is for them to see the internal workings of Kick It Out and to experience what it is like on a day-by-day basis within the organisation.
“I would like to thank Manchester City for their fantastic support, helping the group to work and enjoy their latest meeting in a fantastic venue.”
Mahdi and Louie support Fairplay Festival - April 2016
Mahdi Khoshkoo and Louie Silvani, two members of A.S.P.I.R.E., Kick It Out’s young ambassador group, were in attendance as Kick It Out hosted an exhibition stand at the Fairplay Football Festival in Boston.
Mahdi Khoshkoo and Louie Silvani, spoke on behalf of the organisation and worked on the exhibition stand with Lincolnshire FA.
The event was hosted by Positive Futures Lincolnshire on Tuesday 5 April.
The day saw boys and girls aged Under-14s to Under-19s competing against each other to be crowned Fair Play champions.
Before the tournament began, Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out’s Education Officer, delivered a talk to attendees about fair play and respecting difference.
Tyra discusses International Women's Day - March 2016
Tyra Ali Ntege, Co-Chair of A.S.P.I.R.E., played for Gillingham’s Centre of Excellence Under-17s during the 2015/16 season.
To mark International Women’s Day, Tyra spoke to Kick It Out to about her experience playing academy football, the state of the women’s game and her position leading A.S.P.I.R.E.
Like most football fanatics, Tyra Ntege has been playing the game for as long as she can remember. After being scouted by a grassroots coach as a youngster, Tyra signed for Charlton Ladies and has been playing in academies ever since, moving to Gillingham at the beginning of this season.
She believes she is at the best club for her future: “I wanted a fresh start – my development as a player wasn’t moving forward and I wanted to move back up to the Centre of Excellence level. At the beginning, I was a bit anxious and reserved – I didn’t talk or communicate much.
“But as the season’s gone on, I’ve seen that moving to Gills is the best decision I could have made. I feel like I’m properly part of a team for the first time. We work for each other, we help each other. I haven’t ever felt excluded or isolated.”
Tyra also spoke positively about role the football has played in her life: “Generally, the experience of playing football, especially as a young woman, has been one of growth and finding my confidence. Football has played a significant part in shaping my identity and who I am. It’s given me self-discipline, confidence and teamwork skills.”
With International Women’s Day being celebrated today (Tuesday 8 March), Tyra revealed why it’s a significant day in the calendar for her.
“International Women’s Day holds a great importance to me,” she stated. “I think it’s important to celebrate the achievements of women in a variety of areas and to celebrate what we’re capable of, and the things we continue to do.
“I want to see a society where men and women are put on the same platform and appreciated in the same way for the various talents they possess that may be different, but are just as impressive as one another.
“For that reason, International Women’s Day is very significant because it’s a time in which we can talk about and focus on what women have achieved politically, socially and within sport.”
Tyra believes that progress is being made in raising the profile of women’s football and she highlights the success of the England women’s team at last summer’s World Cup in Canada as evidence of that.
“I was so proud of them,” she declared. “I couldn’t stop smiling at the TV while I was watching the game. It made me so happy to even see women’s football being televised – it was a big deal.”
Nevertheless, Tyra asserts that there is a long way to go to achieve equality for women in football and she highlights several goals that she hopes the game can attain.
“Coverage of women’s football is getting there but I’d like to see it televised more. It might not sound realistic to say ‘oh women should get exactly the same amount of coverage as men’ but I do think there should be more.
“It shouldn’t just be a few times a year. I’d like to have a channel that shows regular women’s football that I can just sit and watch. As a young female footballer, I want to get inspiration and I want to learn – I should be able to switch on my TV and there it is.”
Tyra shifts her focus towards the salaries given to women footballers; she is clear that women deserve to earn more for their efforts.
“Equality of pay is one thing I’ve definitely thought about,” she stated. “At the end of the day, I’m aware of the talent in women’s football – it’s very high, it’s amazing.
“I’m not saying it’s better or that men’s football is better than women’s football; I’m just saying they should be rewarded and acknowledged for their efforts on an equal basis because they work hard for it.
“It’s not just kicking a ball around, it’s an emotional journey, it’s one where you have to pick yourself up constantly, it’s one where you go through ups and downs. These people are doing what they love and they’re determined – despite the obstacles.”
Looking forward, Tyra outlined why she joined Kick It Out’s Group for Young People and what she hopes to achieve for women through her work.
“The reason I wanted to get involved was primarily because of my own experiences and the experiences of others that have shown me that inequality is so apparent in football.”
“One of my friends was very talented but she had a bad experience where she was bullied and it made her give football up,” she continued. “She tried to persevere, she tried to keep going but when it gets to that intense level where it can make someone give up something they love – I was appalled.
“So I just thought, Kick It Out is a way in which I can stand up not only for myself, but also for people who are going through bad experiences in football.”
Kick It Out launch new group for young people - March 2016
Kick It Out launched a new group for young people on Monday 15 February at Wembley Stadium, the home of English Football, with their first meeting.
The newly formed group will help advise the organisation on how to promote the messages of equality and inclusion to young people nationwide. The eight members will be part of the group for two years, taking part in a programme that will provide them with skills, contacts and experience to become future leaders in football.
The group members are:
• Tyra Ali Ntege
• Louie Silvani
• Sophie Cowell
• Peter Harding
• Mahdi Khoshkhoo
• Ahsan Majid
• Ammarah Yusuf Pandor
• KD Singh Rai
The first meeting, held at Wembley, saw Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, lead the induction activities for members. They were informed about the organisation and their new roles as ambassadors. There were also further activities which included setting the aspirations and aims for the group and a quiz testing the members’ knowledge on all things Kick It Out.
This was followed by a discussion on Media and Communications which was led by Tom Taylor, Media and Communications Officer at Kick It Out, and included Danny Lynch, communications lead on anti-discrimination and equality at The Football Association.
The group then took part in an advisory meeting, discussing upcoming Kick It Out projects and sharing how they can best impact young people.
Speaking after the meeting, Louie Silvani, Co-Chair of the group for young people, said: “It’s a very exciting opportunity to be a part of this group.
“It’s great to get together with like-minded individuals and work as a group to have an impact on Kick It Out’s work and help engage with young people.”
Tyra Ali Ntege, Co-Chair alongside Louie, said: “I’m very excited to have been provided the opportunity to play an active role in the eradication of discrimination and the promotion of equality and inclusion in football.
“I am delighted I will be able to use my skills to express my passion I have for this particular topic.”
Hayley reflected on a positive first meeting for the newly formed group: “It was fantastic to bring the group together for the first time. We have members from all over the country with different backgrounds and stories.
“All of them are united in their passion for the game and a dedication to help make a positive change. I have really high hopes for the group and the first meeting has already proven that they will bring a lot to Kick It Out.”