Kick it Out's Leading The Way Conference takes place at TUC, Congress House in London on Tuesday [March 27]

8 years ago

By Teg

Tackling the issue of under-representation in football, Kick It Out is hosting its second Leading The Way conference in London next week [March 27] with registration for the event free.

English football’s leading organisation for tackling racism and discrimination in the game, Kick itI Out has had a high-profile year with issues of race surfacing in very ugly ways. Kick It Out is also about creating opportunity though and is hosting its second annual Leading The Way conference at the TUC Congress House in London on Tuesday March 27, in hope of providing participants with an opportunity to meet well-respected figureheads who have taken their own journey into employment in the game.

Hosted by former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott. The event will feature keynote speeches from the first female to ever sit on the FA Board Heather Rabbatts CBE and Football Focus’ Garth Crooks OBE, who will be reflecting on how they made their way in the game.

Project leader, ex-England international Earl Barrett, is hoping attendees make the most of the chances available to them on the day: “The conference is all about the participants. People looking to get their foot in the door are given the chance to network and speak with leading professionals across a range of disciplines. We are very fortunate to have expert advice on hand from some of the game’s key groups and individuals.”

Participants will then sit down for one-to-one mentoring sessions to discuss areas of the game such as coaching and management, media and communications, refereeing, administration and community development. Ex-Arsenal midfielder and PFA Head of Coaching Development, Paul Davis, BBC Sport’s Caroline Barker, and Francis Nkwain, founder of Horizon, an african advocacy and public relations firm, are just a few names amongst a raft of mentors who will be available on the day.

Andrew Muhammad, one of the country’s leading public speakers, will host a motivational seminar too. A historian, author and lecturer, his lively energetic presentations are designed to give listeners self-confidence and assurance.

The day will draw to a close with a Question Time style discussion, which will see Charlton Athletic midfielder Jason Euell, England C manager Paul Fairclough and Riz Rehman, Operations Director of the Zesh Rehman Foundation Team, on the panel.

Running from 9AM–4PM, the event is being held at the TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS.

To register for the free conference and to receive further information about the one-to-one sessions, contact Kick It Out on 020 7253 0162 or email Hannah Harding on