#RYG17 mentees reflect on insightful day
Photo Credit – Andy O’Farrell (RPS)
By Charlie MacKinnon
Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game event returned for its seventh year on Monday 24 April, taking place at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, and the day proved to be a fantastic experience for over 300 mentees attending the event.
Raise Your Game provides mentees with the opportunity to speak to a range of experienced mentors across the day, alongside media and careers workshops and panel discussions from people throughout the sporting industry.
David Moat, a student at UCFB, spoke to Kick It Out at the end of the afternoon, and hopes for similar events to take place in the future.
“Kick It Out is a great organisation and diversity in sport needs to be improved. It’s just a great event which I’ve really enjoyed” he said.
“It’s been such a great experience as a student being able to meet people who are already in the industry and get an insight into their day-to-day lives.
“Being able to make connections and set-up potential work experiences, it’s something you can’t really get elsewhere.”
Another mentee at the event, BUCS student Adnan Mohamed, described Raise Your Game as an ‘eye-opening’ experience.
“Today’s event has been great, I’ve met a lot of new people and I’ve got to network. The mentoring throughout the day has allowed us to get the expertise from people that have been in the game for 20-30 years, I think it’s been brilliant” he said.
“I’m a coach and have been coaching for five years. I’ve been to some of the FA coaching events at St George’s Park, but it doesn’t compare to this.
“This is what we need – being able to have a 10-15-minute chat with the mentors. To talk to someone that you want to follow in the footsteps of, it’s fantastic”.
Harry Corton, a sports journalism student at University of Arts London, described the ability to speak to people with experience as essential to improving chances of a successful career in the industry.
“It was really eye opening to see the range of jobs within football. The networking opportunities the event provided were invaluable.”