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Meet London FA's Youth Council

Holly

Holly Orton

Favourite Team and Player: Tottenham and Son Heung-Min

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I want to contribute towards improving young people’s experience of football in their community, making it safe, fun and fair!

 
Hanna

Hanna Ahmed

Favourite Team and Player: Manchester United and Wayne Rooney

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council as I want to help ensure that every person who shows an interest in football - no matter their religion, gender, race or sexuality - is presented with equal opportunities and accessibility to the game.

Lizzie

Lizzie O’Connor

Favourite Team and Player:
Arsenal and Katie McCabe

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the youth council because I want to make a difference and improve football opportunities for young people in London and make sure that the voice of young people is heard in important issues

Mariam

Mariam Obiri

Favourite Team and Player: Arsenal and Lucy Bronze

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined to help increase participation in teenagers, girls especially.

Rashan

Rashan McDonald

Favourite Team and Player: Arsenal and Thierry Henry

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council to develop my networking and personal development skills and also provide insight and views within key discussions to help to develop the sport. As there are key areas that need to be attended to in today’s game.

Bethia

Bethia Green

Favourite Team and Player: Liverpool and Asisat Oshoala

Reason for joining the Youth Council:
I’m passionate about grassroots sports and saw this as a fantastic opportunity to work with other likeminded individuals to ensure the future of grassroots football in London is bright for all.

James

James Harrison

Favourite Team and Player:
Liverpool and Steven Gerrard

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council to gain a deeper understanding of community work across the capital with the ambition of using this in my full-time role. The council will also give me the opportunity to create a real impact on football in London and work on a variety of projects that will help to change the lives of wide range of people. It is also a fantastic place to collaborate with a variety of other young people who are ambitious and have the same passion for football that I do. 

Nayim

Nayim Ahmed

Favourite Team and Player: Arsenal and Thierry Henry

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council to have a positive impact on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and give every young person an equal opportunity.

Gulay

Gulay Ermiya

Favourite Team and Player: Arsenal and Mesut Ozil

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I wanted to help make a positive change. I have worked alongside many clubs previously in London and with my experiences gained, I am passionate about Psychology and Media and bringing the two together to improve Youth Football and give a voice to our Youth. Especially as a young female, who has previously been pushed out for wanting to work within roles in football.

Ed

Ed Udom

Favourite Team and Player: Manchester United and Marcus Rashford

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council because I was excited by the chance to give young Londoners a platform to express themselves, learn and grow through football.

Owen

Owen March 

Favourite Team and Player: Watford and Joao Pedro

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I was excited to work with an organisation as influential as London FA and was keen to expand my experience beyond coaching.

Frank

Frank Mundy

Favourite Team and Player: Liverpool and Robert Firmino

Reason for joining the Youth Council:
As a placement student working at London FA for the year, I saw joining the Youth Council as a great opportunity to help grow young people’s participation in football.

Amina

Amina Smith-Gul

Favourite Team and Player: Manchester United and Amad Diallo

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council in order to help promote & grow grassroots football within disadvantaged communities. I feel it’s important that these communities get the support and opportunities that are available. Many young people within the city especially inner-city lack support & opportunities to better themselves which a lot of the time leads to crime rates & mental health detainment rates increasing.

Lucy

Lucy Gooding

Favourite Team and Player: Crystal Palace and Scott Parker

Reason for joining the Youth Council: I joined the Youth Council because I believe that everyone deserves an equal chance to participate in the sport that they love, no matter what ethnicity, race, gender or age you are.