Kick It Out’s National Raise Your Game conference, supported by the Premier League, takes place at Emirates Stadium on Monday 15 April with over 90 mentors from the football industry participating in the mentoring event.

Raise Your Game is Kick It Out’s unique programme which helps provide opportunities for people who aspire to work within the football industry and has helped numerous individuals find career pathways in roles across the game.

The confirmed list of mentors in a range of categories including Media and Communications, Management and Coaching, Grassroots and Community, Football Business and Administration, Player Services, Sports Science and Refereeing, can be found below.

This year, Kick It Out also has a new 'drop-in' zone with a variety of mentors for late sign-ups.

Media and Communications

Adrian Kajumba – Daily Mirror

Amy Christophers – Sports Presenter

Ben Haines – Copa 90

Charlie Long – Chelsea FC

Iain Liddle – BT Sport

Jane Dougall – Freelance

Jaydee Dyer – Sky Sports News

Jon Holmes – Sky Sports

Jordan Jarrett Bryan – Channel 4

Kadeem Simmonds – Morning Star

Marcus Foley/Tom Adams – Discovery (Eurosport)

Melissa Reddy – Joe

Mie Østergaard/Laurie Tucker – Sky Sports News

Mike McGrath – The Sun

Paul McCarthy – Freelance

Rob Harris – Associated Press

Rodney Hinds – The Voice

Suzanne Wrack – Guardian

Rebecca James – Arsenal FC

Dharmesh Sheth – Sky Sports News

Clive Petty – The Times

Matt Cecil – Wycombe Wanderers

Management & Coaching

Anthony Ferguson – The FA

Justin Cochrane – England

Dean Austin – LMA Member

Omer Riza – England

Chris Jackson – Grimsby

Peter Augustine – The FA

Butch Fazal – The FA

Marcus Gayle – Coach

Bobby Bowry – Volenti Academy

Dan Dodge – Tottenham Hotspur

David Rainford – Premier LEague

Christina Oshodi – The FA

Ross Weare – Woodford Town

Justin Goodchild – The FA

Jason Lee – PFA

Amirah Rahman – Grassroots

Osei Sankofa – Kick It Out

Anwar Uddin – Fans For Diversity


Grassroots & Community

Ade Omideyi – West Ham Foundation

Andrew Muhammad – Educational Consultant

Billie Graham – Wildcats

Carlan Edgar – Watford Academy

Ceylon Hickman – Football Beyond Borders

Howard Gould – Leyton Orient

Jasper Kain – Football Beyond Borders

Lincoln Moses – Continental Star

Nathan Marshall – Watford Academy

Rashid Abba – West Ham Foundation

Rob Clarke – Watford Foundation

Temisan Williams – West Ham Foundation

Wayne Maxwell – West Ham Foundation

Andrew Ducille – Chelsea Foundation

Alistair Patrick-Heselton – Educational Consultant

Francesca Brown – Goals4Girls

Donald Forde – Crystal Palace Foundation


Football Business and Administration

Alex Carroll – QPR Academy

Ben Abberstein – AFC Bournemouth

Eleanor Rowland – Fulham Academy

Iain Herding – Southampton Academy

Lorna Falconer – Brentford FC

Monique Choudhuri – Brentford FC

Terry Singh – Leicester Nirvana

Tracey Leaburn – Charlton Athletic

Ryan Skeggs – GiveMeSport

Neil Pugh – The FA

David Moat – Chelsea FC

Jake Martens – Prostate Cancer UK

David Lynam – Kaizen Ticketing

Nashan Wilson – The FA

Lewis Timms – Tottenham Hotspur FC

Joshua Graham – Chelsea FC

Reece Watson – Raw Stadia

Rachel Dunbar – Premier League

Kat Allen – Premier League


Player Services

Aaron Remikie – USM

Alex O'Leary – Core Sports Management

Eddie Duah – Smith and Williamson

Jamie Strong – Core Sports Management

Stefania Genesis – Mishcon de Reya

Tobi Alabi – Magna Sports Management

Marlon Fleischmann – USM

Mike Appiason – USM

Michael Jarman – Panthera Sports


Sports Science

David Richardson – Freelance

Chris Thurston – Arsenal Academy



Joel Mannix

Val Anekwe

David Lunani 


Drop in Zone

Henry Winter – The Times

Scott Field – Team GB

Martyn Heather  – Premier League

Ryan Conway – Prost Soccer

Darren Lewis – Daily Mirror

Robbie Lyle – AFTV Media

Sue Parris – West Ham

Charlotte Hodges – Independent

Clive Tyldesley – ITV

Gary Jacobs – The Times