Sophie Cook joins Kick It Out as ambassador
Kick It Out is delighted to announce that Sophie Cook has joined the organisation as an ambassador.
Sophie, who is the club photographer at Premier League club AFC Bournemouth, will support Kick It Out spread key messages of equality and inclusion in the game in her new ambassadorial role.
Sophie is a transgender woman who speaks publicly about her transition to inspire other people in her situation. Sophie discusses her career in football as well as her previous career as a newspaper editor and recruit of the Royal Air Force.
She joins fellow Cherries star Callum Wilson in becoming a patron of Kick It Out, with Callum showing support in his role as one of the organisation’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors.
Speaking about the announcement, Sophie was thrilled to offer her support to the organisation.
“It’s a massive honour to be announced as an ambassador for Kick It Out.
“I’ve known the work of Kick It Out for several years and I think they do amazing things to break down bigotry within the game. To be asked to become an ambassador alongside some of the famous names feels quite surreal!
“I hope in my role I can get the message across that we are all people and there is no difference between us regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other characteristics.
“I also hope that in speaking out publicly, I can help people understand more about trans people so that can be spread across to society.”
Roisin Wood, Director of Kick It Out, spoke of her pleasure at welcoming a new ambassador.
“It is fantastic news that Sophie has agreed to become a Kick It Out ambassador.
“Her story is one of true courage and inspiration to not only people within the football industry but society as well.
“Kick It Out is determined to further raise awareness of the LGBT community involved in football and with support from Sophie we can deliver our messages to a new audience.”