Football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out has teamed up with UEFA Foundation for Children to launch a new mentoring programme for young adults seeking professional opportunities in the football industry.

In partnership with UCFB and the Premier League, the Game Changers mentoring programme will provide professional development opportunities for 12 candidates aged between 16-24, with the aim of identifying and creating the future leaders of football.

The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of football professionals to bring positive change to the sport with regards to equality, inclusion and cohesion, and in turn help to address the under representation of minority groups across the industry.

UCFB and the Premier League will provide bespoke training sessions to the chosen candidates on the core learning themes of empowerment, leadership, football governance and project planning alongside enhancing their knowledge of equality and inclusion.

Candidates will also receive access to Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game mentoring and leadership series, supported by the Premier League, which sees a number of events organised during the year that focus on supporting career pathways into football.

Roisin Wood, chief executive of Kick It Out, said: “We’re delighted to launch the ‘Game Changers’ mentoring programme with the support of UEFA Foundation for Children.

“At Kick It Out, one of our key objectives is to educate current and future generations of football participants to deliver change in the sport, that will allow it to become inclusive for all. This programme will enable the organisation to develop future leaders in the industry and help the sport to become truly reflective of society.”

To apply to be part of the Game Changers please complete the application form by 5pm on Thursday 27th April to Osei Sankofa, Education Officer at Kick It Out, to osei@kickitout.org

For more information on Game Changers please contact Osei on the above email address.

Find out more about UCFB and Kick It Out’s Next 25 scholarship.