Kick It Out’s National Raise Your Game conference, supported by the Premier League, takes place at Emirates Stadium on Monday 16 April with over 90 mentees 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 mentees in a range of categories including Media and Communications, Management and Coaching, Community and Grassroots, Sports Sciences and Physiotherapy, Football Business, Intermediaries and Refereeing can be found below.

*Mentors list is subject to last-minute change*


Adrian Kajumba - Mirror

Alastair Bennett - Premier League

Mark Jamieson   - English Institute of Sport

Anne-Marie Batson - AmberGlass PR

Anthony Clavane - Freelance

Ciaran Brennan  - Football Manager

James Masters   - CNN

Danny Lynch - The FA

Charlie Long - Chelsea FC

Dharmesh Sheth - Sky Sports News

Henry Winter - The Times

Jon Holmes - Sky Sports

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan - Channel 4 News

Greg Johnson - Trinity Mirror

Kadeem Simmonds - Morning Star

Leon Mann - Freelance

Jack Pitt-Brooke - Independent

Darren Lewis - Mirror

Barbara Vinden-Cantrell - Freelance

Jon Mackenzie - RealSport

Richard Bates - Sports Aid

Jonathan Liew - Independent

Rob Harris - Associated Press

Rodney Hinds - The Voice

Sam Cunningham - ipaper

Scott Field - Team GB

Kelly Somers - PLP Productions

Tom Rennie - Talksport

Martin Axford - Premier League

Warren Haughton - The Sun

Jacob Steinberg - Guardian

Jules Breach - BT Sport

Colin Farmery - Portsmouth FC


Bobby Bowry - Volenti Academy

Manisha Tailor - QPR FC

Michael Johnson - Derby County FC

Rajab Noor - Tamworth Under-21s

Sam Cox - Tottenham Hotspur FC

Craig Fagan - Southend United FC

Darren Smith - UCFB

Karen Ray - West Ham United Ladies

Justin Goodchild  - The FA

Riteesh Mishra   - Charlton Athletic FC

Anwar Uddin – Football Supporters’ Federation

Nick Haycock – Premier League

Emily Hill - UCFB

David Rainford - Premier League

Mark Warburton - Manager

Shaun Derry - Manager

Nathan Bowen - Volenti Academy

Paul Mortimer - Kick It Out


Aristote Diamos - West Ham United Foundation

Amirah Rahman - Worcester Park Colts/Met Police Youth

Kevin George - Freelance

Rashid Abba - West Ham United Foundation

Richard Allicock - Tottenham Hotspur

Riz Rehman - PFA

Rob Clarke and Lucy Tearle - Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust

Temisan Williams - West Ham United Foundation

Michael Seeraj - Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Graham Moran - Nottingham Forest Community Trust

Tom Perez - Former Co- Director Football Beyond Borders

Melanie Kinnear - Premier League

Soye Briggs - Palace for Life Foundation

Imrul Gazi - Kick It Out

Jasper Kain - Football Beyond Borders

Jesse Foyle - West Ham United Foundation

Tajean Hutton - AFC Wembley

Cindi Chatha - Essex CFA


Rachel Dunbar - Premier League

Kat Allen - Premier League

Lauren O'Sullivan - AoC Sport

Abbi Andiyapan - Huddersfield Town Foundation

Tanya Gilbert - Arsenal FC

Miles Jacobson - SI Games

Donald Forde - Palace for Life Foundation

Sue Parris - Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Harj Hirj - Leicester City

Chris Paouros - Proud Lilywhites/TheFA

Jason Lee - PFA

Andrew Powlesland - Liverpool FC

Alex Carroll - QPR FC

Lisa Piggott - Premier League

Caitlin Hawkins - The FA

Rachel Foster - The FA

Ben Abberstein  - AFC Bournemouth

Sophie von Zeppelin - Premier League


Sharon Heidaripour - Freelance

Steve Quinton - West Ham United Foundation

Jennifer Lace - Burnley FC


Marlon Fleischmann - Unique Sports Management

Eddie Duah - Command Sports & Entertainment

Tobi Alabi - Base Soccer

Matthew Buck - PFA

Steve Kabba - Stella Group

Aaron Remikie - Unique Sports Management


Chris Foy - PGMOL

Farai Hallam - The FA

Andrew Bailey - Hampshire FA