Pathways provided for next generation of football industry employees at #RYG17
Photo Credit: Andy O’Farrell (RPS)
Kick It Out’s national Raise Your Game mentoring conference, supported by the Premier League, took place at the Emirates on Monday (24 April), as the organisation continues to provide pathways and opportunities to the next generation of football industry employees.
It was action-packed day as 350 mentees were offered advice and guidance from a who’s who in football, with 90 mentors giving up their time, as well as a host of guests speaking at the seventh Raise Your Game.
Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education Manager, started the day with a tribute to Ugo Ehiogu, before those gathered took part in a minute’s applause for the Tottenham coach, who suddenly passed away last week.
The day kicked-off with a panel session as hosts Reshmin Chowdhury and Max Rushden introduced Kick It Out Chair Lord Herman Ouseley, the Premier League’s Executive Director Bill Bush, The FA Chairman Greg Clarke and Rimla Akhtar MBE, the Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation.
They talked about opportunities within the football industry for underrepresented groups, focusing on jobs throughout the game.
Former Charlton Athletic manager and England international Chris Powell took to the stage for a Q&A, before spending the rest of the day chatting informally with budding coaches.
The day saw extensive one:one mentoring sessions, giving mentees a chance to sit down with professionals in their chosen category from media and communications, coaching and management, grassroots and community, football business and administration, player services, sport science and refereeing.
Workshops were delivered for those interested in the media and coaching areas of the game. A careers workshop offered handy tips for CV and personal development.
The Premier League trophy was on display, providing a photo opportunity for all in attendance.
The day was brought to a close with Kick It Out ambassador Sophie Cook telling her powerful story as the first transwoman to work in the Premier League as a club photographer with AFC Bournemouth.
Troy Townsend spoke of his pride at the organisation delivering another event which positively impacts on so many people.
He said: “To see such a wide range of people come together at one venue is truly inspiring. From our fantastic group of mentors who offer advice with the benefit of experience, to the hundreds of mentees who are so passionate about achieving their dream of working in the industry.
“The day has such an exciting buzz around it and there’s such an appetite for improving the football industry and making it more representative and diverse.
“The event was supported by the Premier League and I’d like to thank them for their support of the Raise Your Game programme.”