Full-Time Football Coach Marcus Gayle & Swaggarlicious Coach Manisha Tailor mentor at Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game
Full-Time Football Coach Marcus Gayle and Swaggarlicious Head Coach Manisha Tailor were selected by anti-racism and discrimination charity Kick It Out to be a mentor at the annual Raise Your Game Conference held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Former AFC Wimbledon and Brentford footballer Marcus and UEFA B Licensed coach Manisha were two of 75 mentors who volunteered their day to speak with individuals aspiring to work in the football industry across a variety of fields.
Over 250 individuals embarked on a jam-packed event in North London searching for advice, guidance and contacts to break into the beautiful game in a mixture of one-to-one mentoring or workshops.
Broadcaster for the Premier League Manish Bhasin opened the event and guided proceedings throughout. AtTheMatch joined the event making the most of a unique networking opportunity.
Marcus, who is also Grassroots Ambassador as a member to the Berks & Bucks FA Board, said:
“Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Conference is a brilliant concept that enables the likes of myself to pass on advice and connect to the next generation through mentoring.
“It is enjoyable for me as a mentor when you see the numbers of mentees that turn up with that enthusiasm in wanting to learn.
Manisha said: ”Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Conference brings like-minded people together, those who have a genuine passion and love for the game, those who want to learn and are willing to put in the work to develop a career in football.
“It was also fantastic to meet and see so many more women in attendance at the conference looking to pave their way into the beautiful game.”
Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager at Kick It Out, said:
”Marcus has shown a fantastic appetite to support the journey of those who see themselves developing a career in coaching.
”His knowledge of not only the professional game but academy and non-league football, meant that mentees received unrivalled advice on coaching progression throughout the game.
”Manisha is a fantastic role model for young women looking to gain a foothold into a coaching career.
”Her knowledge and experiences within the grassroots community extend far and wide and it is always a privilege to have her attend Raise Your Game to support the next generation.“
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