Education Officer Hayley Bennett shortlisted for Top 100 Rising Star Awards 2016
Kick It Out is delighted to announce that Hayley Bennett, the organisation’s Education Officer, has been placed on the shortlist for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards 2016.
Hayley has been nominated in the Sport category for the Rising Star Awards thanks to her tireless work for Kick It Out in helping to drive forward the equality agenda within football.
Also named on the shortlist are Raise Your Game mentors, Manisha Tailor, an FA Coaching Tutor and Education Worker for Show Racism the Red Card, as well as Carrie Dunn, author, freelance sports journalist and a professor at the University of East London.
Hayley’s role at Kick It Out, which she has held for over three years, involves coordinating its message of equality and inclusion to young people. She works with schools, colleges and universities nationwide to deliver educational workshops, initiatives and events to highlight the need to tackle discrimination in all its forms.
Another of the key projects Hayley is currently working on for Kick It Out has been the establishment of its new group for young people, set up to improve the organisation’s accountability to young people and give eight young ambassadors opportunities, skills and experience to become future leaders in the industry.
Hayley has also recently collaborated with Southampton Solent University to create an online course called the Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football Award. The award is aimed at professionally developing and educating the future leaders of football and increasing awareness of Kick It Out’s work within all sectors of the game.
WeAreTheCity’s top 100 Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the United Kingdom’s female talent pipeline below management level and celebrates 100 female individual contributors that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow.
The shortlist for the awards was drawn up using five independent judges and a further 12 will judge the overall winners.
There is also a public vote for the nominees, which will be a factor in the judging, although the amount of votes does not necessarily determine the winners of each category. The winner of the public vote for each category will have an additional set of points added to their overall judges’ score.
The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.
You can vote for Hayley in the Sport category here.