Duo returning home as part of ‘Next 20’ initiative
Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and Derby County loanee Andre Wisdom are going back to their roots this week as they actively engage in their role as ‘Next 20’ ambassadors for Kick It Out.
Wes travels back to his childhood club in west London, where he will be joining his former youth football club, Rugby Portobello Trust and their Under-15’s for a coaching session run by his former Fulham team-mate Courtney Harris later today (30 April). The 23-year-old will then step into the firing line as he takes part in a Q&A session involving the young players.
Andre, who joined the Rams on a temporary deal in October 2013 loan from Liverpool, will return to his old school to spread messages of equality and inclusion at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy in Leeds tomorrow (1 May).
The England Under-21 international will help deliver an anti-discrimination workshop for schoolchildren before answering questions about Kick It Out’s work on his return.
The ‘Next 20’ is an initiative, launched by Kick It Out, aims to champion 20 young footballers across the Premier League, Football League and WSL. The players involved are raising awareness of the organisation by engaging with the younger members of their local community.
Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Player Engagement Manager, emphasised the important role the duo and their fellow ‘Next 20’ ambassadors have to play in promoting messages of equality and inclusion on behalf of the campaign.
“Wes and Andre are fantastic ambassadors for the campaign and are undoubtedly role models for the local communities who can be proud of them.” commented the ex-Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa midfielder.
“The ‘Next 20’ initiative is about empowering young footballers and giving them the opportunity to shape the campaign’s future work. Both have been very proactive as ambassadors and shown great willing and desire to keep spreading the word about Kick It Out.”