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Wed 12th Jun

THE POWER OF FOOTBALL

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Football has the power to change lives. Come and hear how from some of the women who are not only changing the sport, but using the sport to change society.

Sharing their experiences and work within the beautiful game will be Football Beyond Borders, a charity using football to empower young people, Chris Paouros, an active campaigner for equality across football as co-chair of the Spurs LGBT+ group The Proud Lilywhites and member of the FA Inclusion Advisory Board, and Lewes FC Women, the only professional football club to pay their men's and women's teams identical wages. The event will be chaired by Ali Speechly, a football coach.

This session will give you the opportunity to hear about the work of these inspiring individuals first-hand and to get inspired to use football and sport for positive change.

Football Beyond Borders: Ceylon Andi Hickman is a Liverpool fan, football podcaster and Head of Female Participation at FBB which uses football to engage and empower young people and is the Festival's partner charity.

Debra Nelson co-delivers the FBB Girls programme, working as a mentor and coach for 40 young people. She is an inspiring young woman who has a real talent for presenting, and has featured as the voiceover for the Lioness squad announcement, as well as in the England Nike campaign for the WWC this summer.

Shannon Moloney, midfielder form Lewes FC: Shannon describes herself as 'a Cockney (ish) girl who looks Indian, with the native wit of my Irish genes, and a wicked right foot. Her passion is football and achieving a level playing field for girls and women. She wants to change the perception of women's football and demonstrate that equality is possible.

Karen Dobres, head of Equality FC at Lewes FC Women: Karen was a 49 year old living in Lewes, minding her own business and not in the least interested in football. Two years later she's one of the key activists in Lewes Football Club's gender pay parity campaign. She's still wondering what happened…

Chris Paouros, a lifelong Spurs supporter and season ticket holder who believes football can be a positive force in social and cultural transformation. A leading figure in a range of groups from Pride in Football, to the Unified Football Supporters Organisation and the Fans For Diversity Guidance Group, Chris is part of a movement seeking to rid football of discrimination in all its forms in order to make the game more diverse, inclusive and equal.

Chair: Ali Speechly - Ali began her coaching career in 2014 but her love for football started a long time before that. She could be found kicking a ball from the moment she could walk but, growing up in South East London in the late 80s and early 90s, she was turned away from teams simply for being a girl.

After playing organised 11-a-side football for the first time when she turned 30, Ali has spent the last 5 years dedicating her spare time to providing opportunities for girls to enjoy football at all levels, from grassroots to academy.

She is currently a development phase coach for Tottenham Hotspur Women and also coaches for Dalmain Athletic Girls Football Club and Equal Focus Football.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. If you have any additional access requirements, please contact us at [email protected]

Presented by The Festival of Football.

This is an 18+ event.

Line up

Doors open
6:00pm
Shannon Maloney, midfielder
Karen Dobres, Equality FC Campaign Manager
Football Beyond Borders - Ceylon Hickman and Debra
Chris Paouros - co-chair Proud Lilywhites and member of FA Inclusion Advisory Board