A.S.P.I.R.E meet FA Chairman Greg Clarke
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.”