Meet The Ambassadors
Tyra Ali Ntege – Co-Chair
Tyra is a Year 12 student at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. Tyra is a Christian who is one of the youth leaders at her church. She also plays for Gillingham’s Centre of Excellence Under-17s.
Tyra on why she joined the group:
“I was excited to become part of an organisation, which aims to ensure discrimination in football is challenged in future generations. Due to my personal experience of racism and bias in football, my biggest hope for the future is to see demonstrations of a ‘level playing field’, across various age groups and ability levels. It is also to see the banner of equity hung proudly above the game I love.”
Louie Silvani – Co-Chair
Louie is a Football Studies student at Southampton Solent University. Louie is a passionate coach and has had several years experience coaching youth teams and has also been a casual coach for the Chelsea Foundation in Hampshire.
Louie on why he joined the group:
“Since attending the Raise Your Game event in February 2015, I have been able to experience the fantastic work that Kick It Out does and I am delighted to be just a small part of it. My future aspirations are to work in football full-time after university, in coaching and promoting anti-discrimination and inclusion. I hope to bring enthusiasm and knowledge to the group!”
Sophie is Law graduate from the University of Chester. Sophie is an Everton supporter and has been a season ticket holder for seven years. She is currently studying for a PhD as part of the University’s Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity.
Sophie on why she joined the group:
“I am delighted to be a member of Kick It Out’s group for young people; it is a brilliant opportunity to be part of something that will have a real positive, practical impact and to experience the area that I wish to research and work in the future.”
Peter has been a disability player and coach since 2012 after suffering a serious brain injury. Peter has represented South East England and played at illustrious venues such as St. George’s Park and Barcelona. Peter also coaches a Under-16s mixed disability team and was recently awarded Young Volunteer of the Year award in Surrey.
Peter on why he joined the group:
“I feel very privileged to have been selected for Kick It Out’s Group for Young People. I believe that everyone should have the chance to play and enjoy football without any discrimination. My main aim is to create a platform for disability football so that it is reported on, watched and celebrated.”
Mahdi is an undergraduate Law Student at BPP University. Madhi is a huge football fan and often goes to watch his team, Chelsea, play at Stamford Bridge.
Mahdi on why he joined the group:
“I was excited when I became aware of this opportunity provided by Kick It Out to become a member of their youth guidance group, because it was my chance to combine my passion for football and my passion for equality in order to do something that is rewarding. I hope to contribute in tackling discrimination in football and I hope to have a positive impact by educating the next generation of fans about discrimination in football. My aim is to inspire others to become a part of Kick It Out and to support a good cause.”
Ahsan was born in Philadelphia but has lived most of life in Michigan before moving to Sheffield, Yorkshire, in 2011. Ahsan passion for football grew following his move to the United Kingdom, where he supports Liverpool.
Ahsan on why he joined the group:
“I applied for the group because discrimination in any form is something that I feel strongly about and want to eradicate from the game and I believe that the group can help to achieve this. I have been racially abused and it was such a painful feeling like no other. I want no one to ever feel the way I felt. Another reason why I applied for the group was that fact that it was a ‘youth group’. This meant that I would be working with people my age, who all had the same view about discrimination and who really want to do something about it.”
Karan is a third year Politics and International student at the University of Warwick. KD is a Hereford FC supporter and has aspirations to work within the governance sector of football.
Karan on why he joined the group:
“Kick It Out is a fantastic organisation and has all the values I stand for. I believe everyone has a right to football and by working with Kick It Out, we can make these aims a reality. My biggest dream is to inspire someone who thought they couldn’t break through into the game and encourage them to get involved and to help them achieve their goals. I love learning about different cultures, especially in football terms and hope that by volunteering with Kick It Out, I will have the opportunity to experience the fantastic diversity that the UK football population contains.”
Ammarah Yusuf Pandor
Ammarah is a second year student at Greenhead College. Ammarah also coaches in her spare time, as well as playing 11-a-side for her college team and 5-a-side recreationally.
I am now in my second year of college and hoping to study Sports Psychology at University. Also, I no longer coach the girl teams as I am currently coaching one to one. I also currently play recreational five aside and represent my college in an 11 aside team too
Ammarah on why she joined the group:
“What most interests me about the group is the passion of young people combining to achieve a great cause. I think young people are often underestimated in society and I guess this opportunity is allowing us to show that we can voluntarily be productive in terms of providing an equal opportunity for people to participate in sports.”