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London FA Youth Council Welcomes Five New Members

London FA's Youth Council provides a voice for young participants across the capital.

The London FA Youth Council is pleased to welcome five new members, in what should be a very promising season for our young people involved with grassroots football in the capital. 

This year, our Youth Council will primarily be working on the issue of racial equality. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and on-going difficulties with racism in football, we believe this topic should be our main priority. 

As a young, dynamic and diverse group, our Youth Council are well equipped to address the subject of diversity, equality and inclusion within London. Consequently, our members will be taking a leading role within the LFA’s working group on racial equality.

Last month, the group met virtually with our new councilors for an absorbing and productive meeting, where we discussed the topic of racial equality in great depth. Tajean Hutton, Grassroots Manager for Kick It Out, attended as a special guest and spoke about how we can improve equality and diversity at a grassroots level. 

The LFA Youth Council will subsequently look to work in partnership with Kick it Out and we plan to hold a series of educational training and CPD events in 2021. 

Our video with Wapping Youth FC, showing our commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement, can be viewed below.

Alongside racial equality, our Youth Council will look to focus on mental health this season. Due to the current lockdown and impact of COVID-19, this matter is now more important than ever. As a result, our group will be looking to support young people in football during this period, exploring how the sport can be used to maintain a positive mindset. 

The group will next meet on the 25th January to put our plans around racial equality and mental health into action. 

The full list of profiles for our Youth Council can be found here.

If you would like to contact, support or form a partnership with the LFA Youth Council, then please contact aquila.burgess@londonfa.com and/or alex.burke@londonfa.com