Interview with former Youth Council Chair Nayim Ahmed
Nayim joined the Youth Council in January 2020 and then became Chair in September 2020. During his time with the Youth Council, Nayim has been part of the FA Leadership Academy, become a trustee at Wembley National Stadium Trust, is Chair of the National Youth Council and has started the Legacy Football League, a league for young people based in East London. Nayim shared his experience with the Youth Council and why you should apply.
How did you first get involved in the LFA YC?
When I joined the London FA Youth Council, I was a football coach at Wapping Youth FC and Arsenal FC. I had been involved in the planning and delivery of several community events and wanted to take on a role that would allow me to engage with the football community further for my own personal and professional development. I also was aware that being involved with my local county football association could potentially open up pathways and opportunities for myself, my club and my community. I met with Aquila and Alex and discussed what I would bring to the team and the expectations of the commitment
What has been your journey from LFA YC to National FA YC?
In 2020 I had the opportunity to attend the FA Leadership Academy through my involvement with London FA Youth Council. My experience on London FA Youth Council equipped me with the knowledge and understanding to take on the responsibility of Community Engagement Lead (South). I am currently the Chair of FA National Youth Council and a member of the FA Council.
What have you enjoyed most about being part of the YC?
My time on London FA Youth Council has been incredible. I have had the opportunity and privilege to be involved in co-designed events, feeding back into strategies and policies and working with the community and partners for campaigns and programmes. Aquila, Shannon and previously Alex were always super helpful with any support I needed in football. Especially with the support they provided to my project ‘Legacy Football League’. I have made incredible friends, exposed to amazing experiences and had loads of fun while doing it.
What does the future look like for you?
I am currently still an FA Council member, Trustee at Wembley National Stadium Trust and have successfully launched a grassroots football league in East London. I will continue to work in football development and hold positions within governance and decision making where suitable. With all the experiences and learning I have had I will be launching nayimahmed.com. A consultancy service for community leaders and organisations to be recognised and rewarded for the change, influence and impact they have on the world.
What advice would you give to someone looking to join the YC?
My advice to anyone joining the London FA Youth Council would be to grab the opportunity with both hands and make the most of your term. Network with people who are in positions that you aspire to be in, actively engage in every opportunity that is made available to you and add value to the team by bringing your unique and authentic self to the role.
Are you aged between 16-24 and want to improve football in the capital? Applications for the London FA Youth Council are open until Sunday 30th October 2022.