We are delighted to today launch our new Player Advisory Board.

The Board, made up of current and former players in both the men’s and women’s games, will be an important asset in Kick It Out’s campaign to drive positive and inclusive change at all levels of the game. 

The collective experience of the Board spans all levels of the game, and their unique experiences will help shape Kick It Out’s ongoing strategy to tackle discrimination.  

Head of Player Engagement Troy Townsend will co-chair the board alongside Kick It Out Ambassador and former professional Clarke Carlisle.

On the launch of the Board, Troy Townsend said: “The board is a fantastic opportunity for us to hear from players with experiences at all levels of the game. The players involved will help shape our visions and goals, and challenge us to be the best we can be. I’m really excited about the future and seeing what the players can bring to the organisation.”

Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda, added: “When I had the opportunity to join Kick It Out’s advisory board I jumped at the opportunity. I want to use this platform to achieve positive change, and by working together we can definitely do this.”

Anita Asante of Aston Villa women said: “I decided to join Kick It Out’s Player Advisory Board because it’s a great opportunity to share both my own personal insights and the insights of my peers in the game to help progress development and bring in significant positive change.”

At launch, the board is composed of the following current and former players: 

  • Anita Asante – Aston Villa Women

  • Rhian Brewster – Sheffield United 

  • Holly Morgan – Leicester City Women

  • Yan Dhanda – Swansea City 

  • Gilly Flaherty – West Ham United Women

  • Joe Jacobson – Wycombe Wanderers

  • Renee Hector – Watford Women

  • Mal Benning – Professional Player

  • Danny Mills – Dulwich Hamlet 

  • Anwar Uddin – Aldershot Town 

  • Marcus Gayle – Brentford Ambassador

For more details, visit the Player Advisory Board page.