Player services mentor Aaron Remikie speaks ahead of #RYG17
Kick It Out is hosting its seventh annual Raise Your Game national conference on Monday 24 April at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, providing a unique opportunity for individuals looking to break into the football industry.
Supported by the Premier League, the mentoring event will welcome over 300 mentees to the Woolwich Suite as they seek advice from experienced mentors to learn more about careers within the sport.
Ahead of the conference, Kick It Out spoke to Aaron Remikie from Unique Sports Management (USM), who will be mentoring in the player services category, about his career and his hopes for Raise Your Game.
Aaron has been working as a football intermediary for the past eight years and works for USM, one of the leading football management companies in the U.K.
Prior to this, Aaron played football from the age of seven up until 17 when he unfortunately suffered an injury which caused him to stop. However due to Aaron’s passion for the sport, he didn’t stop there. His determination and hard work led him into working in football management and after working in the city for two years, Aaron started this full time.
After several setbacks to start with, Aaron landed an opportunity to work with Marlon Fleischman, who is now a director of USM and will also mentor at #RYG17, and they now represent some of the most talented players in English football.
Now aged 30 with over eight years of experience in the player services sector, Aaron has built up a fantastic client list with thriving talent within England and Europe and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to #RYG17.
Here is what Aaron has to say about his opportunity to speak to mentees at the conference:
“Having a career in football to me is a privilege and I am passionate about the players I represent and making sure my players have the right team and best advice around them.
“I am grateful to be in the position that allows me to support and guide people aspiring to make it in the football industry and provide them with some direction.
“Hopefully this will enable them to adapt and shape their ideal career. I want to be able to enlighten mentees with the knowledge I have so they can understand the industry in more depth.
“It requires a lot of hard work and dedication to make it in this game so I will try to give them the best advice I can offer. If I can help in any way and give them motivation from my own perspective, then brilliant. If I can inspire them, then I know I’ve done a good job!”
Aaron also mentored at last year’s national conference and he had some advice to offer mentees who will make the journey to the Emirates Stadium later this month.
“I would like to see the mentees show they have conducted research on the mentors they are going to meet. I gave my contact details to the mentees who showed the commitment to go over and beyond last year, as I was really impressed with them.”