Amateur FA Advisory Groups

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Inclusion advisory group

Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte is the Strategy & Performance Manager within the Grassroots Division at The FA. Prior to this, Charlotte spent the previous decade working in Government across various departments, including the Home Office, The Cabinet Office and finally the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where she spent five years as the Head of Sport Participation.  
 
Charlotte is the Chair of the IAG and is a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion. She hopes to use her role in the group to support the Amateur FA’s efforts in delivering football for all.
 
Charlotte has a huge passion for football and the important role it can play in delivering social good. She is a FA Level 1 coach and a regular player. Charlotte is a massive Arsenal fan and can regularly be found at the Emirates, Borehamwood and on the road, supporting both the men’s and women’s teams.

Neal Hickey

I work for the West Ham United Foundation managing a Mental Health referral project in partnership with the NHS. I manage the relationship with a number of Club Charitable Organisations across the country to ensure they are empowering young people to build and develop life skills in order to thrive.

In January of 2008 I started to volunteer with my local Special Olympics Club in Dublin, Ireland. I did that for a number of years before taking on a full time role with Special Olympics in the United States of America. In that role I was focused on increasing participation for athletes with an intellectual disability through local clubs and through Project Unify partnering disabled and non disabled athletes together in sporting competitions.

Since moving to London in 2017 I have worked with the Chelsea Foundation coaching disabled athletes, and coaching a women's club in my local community. I also work as a training consultant with Student Minds supporting staff in Higher Education to deliver mental health training to young people. I joined Honourable Artillery Company in a playing capacity before having to retire with lovely arthritis in my knee.

I am a big believer in the power that football has to support individuals and communities and similarly, to use community clubs as a vehicle for social inclusion. 

I am Vice-Chair of the IAG and hope to add value by helping and assisting where possible to ensure inclusion is at the heart of every club.

Stephen Obeto

• Name: Stephen Obeto.
• Age: 42.
• Home Life: I’ve been married for 5 years Brenda. We have 1 lovely and pleasant child: Eva.
• Where I’ve lived: I grew up in Benin City and later lived in Abuja and Lagos. I moved to London after Nigeria's 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
• School: I attended Ambrose Alli University (Psychology, B.Sc) and University Football Business Campus (International Sports Management, M.Sc), and FA Talent Identification Level 1: An Introduction to Scouting.
• Work: I’ve worked in sport most of my career, and I currently work as an international friendly football match agent (FIFA licensed).
• I am passionate about grassroots football development.

Natalie Graham

As a member of the Amateur FA Inclusion Advisory Group Natalie is on hand to offer her passion, knowledge and aspirations for D&I in a sport she loves, because she believes that football should truly be accessible to all at the grass roots level and beyond. She is committed to doing all she can to help achieve this.  Natalie admits that, as a member of this unique forum, she also takes the opportunity to share her ‘expertise’ on the intricacies of the beautiful game whenever she can!
 
Natalie is a devoted Gooner, likes to travel and is an enthusiastic foodie. Natalie is currently studying for an International Sports Management MSc at UCFB.

 Beyz

Beyz is Chairman of London Romans Football Club. He took the role of Committee Member and Manager of the team which started in 2006. The team plays in the London Unity Football League.

The main aims of the team are to promote inclusivity within football and to promote the FA's campaigns to kick racism and homophobia out of football.

In his professional life, Beyz works as a barrister in London specialising in employment law and civil litigation, and is a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and magistrate.

He is fully committed to the aims and objectives of the Amateur FA IAG and he is a founding member.

Harminder Kaur Behal

I’m passionate about talent identification and coaching in football. Currently working as a scout for an agency in London, I’m also restarting my coaching journey as a 100 FC coach.

As a female football scout, I want to inspire and champion other females and under-represented groups. I’d like them to explore all pathways within the sport. I believe it’s possible for anyone with a love of the game to succeed through inclusive behaviours and access to opportunities. These will help them build up confidence to reach their goals, knowing the change they make will reshape the industry for the better.

Professionally, I’ve gained an FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, as well as Level 1 and 2 Talent Identification in Football with the Professional Football Scouts Association.

I’m looking to continue my professional development in talent ID and coaching. My interests apart from sports include all things travel-related. I love living in different countries, learning languages and immersing myself in other cultures.

 

Cara Pears - Inclusion Advisory Group member

Cara has worked and volunteered using sport for change, with a focus on young people and disabled people’s experiences in the UK, Caribbean, Portugal, and Brazil over the past 15 years. She firmly believes in the way sport can help to build communities, offer development opportunities for everyone involved, and provide space to everyone as a common physical language for universal engagement. Cara grew up as a keen football player and fan, and is excited to bring her lived experience and professional knowledge to the role in the board.

Cara currently works as Interim Head of Strategy, Evidence and Insight at Scope, a charity based in England and Wales working towards Everyday Equality for Disabled people.

Sak Rafique

Sak Rafique is the founder and lead mental fitness coach at ORANGE BALL. He has over 20 years of experience supporting individuals and teams as a mental fitness performance and leadership coach.
 
He is an accredited Level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor and an Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology practitioner.
 
Sak is currently delivering his mental fitness coaching programmes on behalf of Middlesex FA and is a member of the expert affiliate panel at The Surrey Football Coaches Association. 
 
He is passionate about education, inclusion, equity and supporting individuals and groups to cultivate mental fitness.