Bobby and Isra join ‘Fans for Diversity’ ranks after winning journalism competition
Aspiring journalists Bobby Gardiner and Isra Gabal have joined the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign to detail the upcoming year for Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), after winning our journalism competition.
Following an intensive interview stage, Bobby and Isra were chosen to join ‘Fans for Diversity’ on a 12-month freelance contract which will see both winners write pieces exclusively for Kick It Out and the FSF.
The judging panel, including Anwar Uddin, lead on the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign, were impressed with the high level of applications for the competition before selecting Bobby and Isra for the contracts.
Speaking after winning the competition, Bobby and Isra expressed their delight at joining both organisations in a writing capacity.
“I’m really pleased to have won the competition. Having never entered anything like it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I really enjoyed the process,” Bobby said.
“The original spark for the piece I entered came to me at the end of the 2014 World Cup. I knew that the German football team was a lot more diverse than the English one, but I also knew that immigration, population and development rates were really similar between the two countries.
“The best bit about the competition is the opportunity to work further with Kick It Out and the FSF, whose work has always been of interest to me. I’m looking forward to seeing what their plans are for next year and getting involved however I can.”
Isra said: “I was really excited when Anwar told me that I had won a contract as I hadn’t expected to win. It means so much to me because I really believe in Kick It Out and the FSF as campaigning organisations and I am so happy to now be on board.
“My piece just came from looking at football from my own point of view being a woman, and the things I felt that should be covered that perhaps you don’t read about. At the same time I wanted to get my opinions across as well which I guess I did!
“With the role I am hoping to inspire people. I want to get more people involved with the organisations and part of that is spreading the messages of inclusion further. I think society has to take more steps to be more inclusive and that includes making football a place where everyone can go and feel welcomed.”