Game Changers Programme

Roya Selected For Kick It Out Programme

Derbyshire FA
Roya will take part in a pioneering mentoring programme

Derbyshire volunteer, Roya Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy, has been successful with her application to become part of the Kick it Out Game Changers Programme.

The Game Changers Programme in partnership with the Premier League and UCFB has selected 12 young people from across the Country to take part in a pioneering mentoring programme, which will provide professional development opportunities for the young people, 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 be providing bespoke training sessions on the core learning themes of empowerment, leadership, football governance and project planning alongside enhancing their knowledge of equality and inclusion. The young leaders 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.

Roya said, "I am extremely pleased to have been selected to become part of such an amazing programme. I was inspired by the volunteer work I have done with Derbyshire County FA's Young Leader Management Team to apply for the opportunity with a national organisation. I am very enthusiastic about making the game a better place and this is the perfect way to continue doing so. I look forward to the seminars ran by the Premier League and UCFB as well as networking with organisations and the fellow young leaders!"

Any individuals interested in getting involved in football leadership should contact Lauren Mellor from Derbyshire County FA via email,


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