Equality Advisory Group
The Equality Advisory Group (EAG) is an independent body which was founded in 2008, with the groups primary focus being to maintain a strategic overview of Kent FA’s work from an inclusion perspective. The group meets 3 to 4 times per season and members have a membership term of 3 years and can serve 3 consecutive terms.
The EAG exists to advise Kent FA on policy and strategy development, helping to ensure the needs of minority groups and emerging communities in Kent football are met. The EAG is also responsible for checking and challenging the Kent FA, which is vital in ensuring Kent FA embeds equality, diversity, and inclusion across the organisation, whether that be its everyday operations or long-term strategic plan. EAG is also designed to assist Kent FA in the identification of any organisational risks associated with equality and diversity, as well as being able to support inclusion work, programmes, campaigns, or consultations the Kent FA run.
MEET THE EAG
Daniel is the FA Education Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the South East where he supports Black and Asian coaches, addressing stubborn inequalities and creating more opportunities in the grassroots game. Daniel takes pleasure in coaching/watching his daughters U7 football team, as he says it keeps him grounded. Daniel also plays golf in his spare time!
Aidan has been on EAG since 2018 and is the Sport Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. Aidan is also a Kent FA Council member and spent time on the award-winning Kent FA Youth Council back in 2012. Aidan plays and coaches for Canterbury City, serves as a Kent FA Tech Mentor and spends his spare time studying for an MBA in Collaborative Leadership.
Ian played for the Armed Forces whilst serving in Her Majesty’s Forces and had trials at Aldershot FC and Leyton Orient FC. A cruciate injury ended Ian’s playing career and lead to coaching, where he attended an FA Team Management course run by Bobby Robson. Ian is a UEFA B license holder and previously served as an FA Coach Mentor, working with coaches from minority backgrounds.
Caroline has a thirst for learning and gaining an understand of issues in youth football and serves as League secretary / Mental Health Champion for the East Kent Youth Football League. Caroline is classed as disabled and felt volunteering was a way to give back to society and provide her with a challenge. Caroline is also a Kent FA Council member.
Will has been working in Further Education for the last 12 years and managed curriculums at level 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Sport and Sports Science. He worked as a teacher coach and previously worked with Tottenham Hotspur first team as a performance analyst. Will has also recently become an FA Coach Educator to deliver Level 2 FA Qualifications.
Elise is the Physical Activity Manager for Kent & Medway Active Partnership (Kent Sport). She is the strategic lead for Equalities and Health and has over 20 years’ experience in Sports Development and Local Government. Elise‘s sporting background includes over 20 years playing football for a range of clubs across Kent.
Paul played football uninterrupted from 8 until 48 and got to play in several European countries during his time. Paul has been on EAG since 2014 and enjoys being part of a forward-thinking proactive team. Paul is a qualified referee and academy scout at Millwall, joining in 2011 and has given several talented youngsters the opportunity to pursue careers. Paul’s other interests include golf, tennis, gym & 10k runs.
Ally is an active volunteer in women's and girls' football in Kent. She coaches Faversham Strike Force Women and works in a team of female coaches to deliver Canterbury Eagles' Wildcats sessions. Ally is also a proud member of the Canterbury Old Bags, a group of women who enjoy playing recreational football and welcome players who have found the game later in life.