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Meet the 2022 Cohort

(Name)
Aadam Patel
(Position)
Media & Journalism

Aadam Patel

Aspiration: To create refreshing and engaging content across platforms that can tell stories, help connect fans with athletes and organisations and crucially, serve underrepresented audiences. I’m particularly interested in branching out towards creating visual content side.

Random Fact: I know the entire Quran by heart, which took me four years to learn and involves over 77,000 words, approximately 6,000 verses and 114 chapters. Memorising the Quran was of course hard work, but remembering and acting upon what I’ve learnt for the rest of my life is the real challenge!

(Name)
Adeyemi Lamidi
(Position)
Data Analytics

Adeyemi Lamidi

Data Analytics

Aspirations: To build a fulfilling career - applying my maths and data skills - in rights management.

Random Fact: I used to box! 🥊

(Name)
Akashsivan Suresh
(Position)
Social Media Marketing

Akashsivan Suresh

Social Media Marketing

Aspirations: Having played cricket for many years, I would like to direct my career to the cricket field, specifically sports marketing and athlete representation for sponsorships and social media strategies.

Random Fact: I have played cricket professionally in three different countries - India, New Zealand and UK

(Name)
Aman Ali
(Position)
Data Insights & Analytics

Aman Ali

Data Insights & Analytics

Aspirations: To contribute to increasing the number of diverse leadership figures in sports groups/organisations.

Random Fact: I have been a professional wrestler since 2019.

(Name)
Amber Leo Pereira
(Position)
Sports broadcast

Amber Leo Pereira

Sports broadcast

Aspirations: Football is more than just a sport to me and I enjoy working with cameras. Hence, being a camera operator for a football broadcaster would be my dream job.

Random Fact: I have a stutter. So please be patient because sometimes I get stuck more than Internet Explorer.

(Name)
Anya Manek
(Position)
Journalism & Event Planning 

Anya Manek

Journalism & Event Planning 

Aspirations: I want to be able rise to the top of a sports marketing/consultancy agency while at the same time continue coaching at a high level as I do now.

Random Fact: I am an avid Liverpool Fan!

(Name)
Bethany Peers
(Position)
Sports Marketing

Bethany Peers

Sports Marketing

Aspiration: To work on the Big Bash in Australia.

Random Fact: I have a freckle on the back of my eye.

(Name)
Brian Matovu
(Position)
Presenting & Journalism

Brian Matovu

Presenting & Journalism

Aspirations: I hope to be a Presenter/Broadcast Journalist that is the face of sports in this country - be it football, basketball and American football. I also aspire to be someone who is in charge of operational obligations of a sports club or sports agency that can send talented UK athletes to study in American colleges.

Random Fact: I don't eat chocolate.

(Name)
Dylan Luke
(Position)
Cinematography

Dylan Luke

Cinematography

Aspirations: I aspire to be the best version of myself possible and to become an editor, cinematographer or presenter.

Random Fact: I'm a qualified football coach

(Name)
Febimara Sey
(Position)
B2B social media

Febimara Sey

B2B social media

Aspirations: To enhance skills to grow within the sector from business to consumer.

Random Fact: Currently trying to complete Couch to 5K!

(Name)
Holly Bacon
(Position)
Broadcast journalism

Holly Bacon

Broadcast journalism

Aspiration: I want to help to inspire others from under-represented backgrounds to pursue a career in sports media and presenting.

Random Fact: I have been to 84 of the current 92 football grounds.

(Name)
Jamie Lashley
(Position)
Journalism

Jamie Lashley

Journalism

Aspiration: Having been a part of elite teams as a player, I want to make an impact off the pitch by maximising the sport experience as a whole, with a focus on improving accessibility and enjoyment for all.

Random Fact: I once starred in an advert for a Disney XD show that was broadcasted to the Africa region (I was about 13/14 at the time!)

(Name)
Jorge Armando Guzman Baldeon
(Position)
Data, talent, journalism

Jorge Armando Guzman Baldeon

Data, talent, journalism

Aspirations: To inspire people from underrepresented backgrounds and demonstrate to them that working at an elite level of sport is indeed possible and achievable. My long-term goal is to nurture the sports sector in my country (Peru), boosting the sports development sector and using sports as a vehicle for change.

Random Fact: Although my official name is Jorge, everyone (including my parents and family) calls me Giorgio.

(Name)
Joseph Sam
(Position)
Broadcast & media

Joseph Sam

Broadcast & media

Aspirations: I hope to one day become a sports broadcaster/presenter across a variety of sports, particularly NBA, NFL and Football.

Random Fact: I once interviewed Sir Chris Hoy in Glasgow at the UCI Track Nations Cup. 

(Name)
Kerrie Norris
(Position)
Journalism & digital comms

Kerrie Norris

Journalism & digital comms

Aspirations: To be able to provide a voice, and ultimately make a wider difference in under-represented communities.

Random Fact: I have to watch Netflix/Youtube videos at 1.5 speed, preferably at 1.75. It's the most efficient way for me to take in the content!

(Name)
Lauren Coffman
(Position)
History student & journalism

Lauren Coffman

History student & journalism

Aspirations: To break into the world of marketing & consultancy - my football dream is working for Arsenal!

Random Fact: I was once interviewed on ITV News...about having hayfever.

(Name)
Luke Wardle
(Position)
Graphic Design

Luke Wardle

Graphic Design

Aspirations: To work in graphic design for well known organisations within the world of sport as a freelance designer. I would also like to do the best I can to grow the game of women's football in this country and around the world.

Random Fact: I was one of the mascots for an England men's football game at Wembley Stadium against Slovenia in 2009. I walked out with Slovenia captain Robert Koren.

(Name)
Maria Fernandes
(Position)
Sports Development

Maria Fernandes

Sports Development

Aspirations: I want to continue making a positive difference to the sports industry, by supporting people towards achieving their goals.

Random Fact: I have been on TV 👀

(Name)
Martin Power-Galea
(Position)
Graphic Design

Martin Power-Galea

Graphic Design

Aspirations: To become a full time graphic designer in the sports industry. I would love the chance to design for a sports team; I want to show that it's never too late to change your career path.

Random Fact: I created a design used by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to announce his departure from the club to Barcelona. 

(Name)
Ngemenyi Fusi
(Position)
Commercial & Partner Management

Ngemenyi Fusi

Commercial & Partner Management

Aspirations: To have a successful and enjoyable career within the industry, and to encourage & support others with a similar background (both professionally and demographically) who have also wanted to get into the world of sports.

Random Fact: I studied in Brazil for a year at University, without any knowledge of Portuguese at the time…

(Name)
Olivia Eastwood-Gray
(Position)
Brand content & partnerships

Olivia Eastwood-Gray

Brand content & partnerships

Aspirations: I want the work that I do to make meaningful change that can benefit industry and people from all walks of life!

Random Fact: I was in the England Netball Under 19’s development squad. 

(Name)
Paige Eagle
(Position)
All things motorsport

Paige Eagle

All things motorsport

Aspirations: I would love to be a sports presenter and aim to help make the motorsports industry more diverse.

Random Fact: I'm also a cheerleader!

(Name)
Prevail Harmony
(Position)
Sport & recreation management

Prevail Harmony

Sport & recreation management

Aspirations: I am interested in the progression and diversification of alternative sports like skateboarding. I aspire to be a part of the sustainable development of these sports.

Random Fact: I love adrenaline activities...I skydived for charity! 

(Name)
Raymond Asare
(Position)
Sports Technology & Innovation

Raymond Asare

Sports Technology & Innovation

Aspirations: To work in the sports technology technology field, being a part of developing new products to help performances of athletes/participation in sports and other tools to aid professional sports organisations.

Random Fact: Favourite dessert = lemon sorbet

(Name)
Rohit Haldania
(Position)
Sports for Development

Rohit Haldania

Sports for Development

Aspirations: To set up the UK's first Kho Kho league in a professional set up that supports the development of the game.

Random Fact: I love to rollerskate and look forward to sharing word about another developing sport called RollBall.

(Name)
Samuel Oni
(Position)
Sports journalism

Samuel Oni

Sports journalism

Aspirations: Build a career through sports content.

Random Fact: Never travelled outside of Europe before.

(Name)
Serena Mahandru
(Position)
Sport Development & Management

Serena Mahandru

Sport Development & Management

Aspirations: To work in an executive role at the ECB, and I would love to see more South Asian females in board level roles within the sport industry.

Random Fact: I was part of a Guinness World Record in 2017 (the largest high-intensity interval training class) - and hope to break it again this summer!

(Name)
Sonica Mendiratta
(Position)
Risk, Governance, Project Management

Sonica Mendiratta

Risk, Governance, Project Management

Aspirations: My longer term aim is to use my experience to be a role model for younger women including Asians and other ethnic minorities and encourage them to engage more with football both on and off the pitch.

Random Fact: I had an incredible experience being a part of UEFA Euro 2020, and met many amazing people throughout my time at the tournament at Wembley Stadium.

(Name)
Tara Amin
(Position)
Tennis content marketing

Tara Amin

Tennis content marketing

Aspirations: I want to be able to add a different perspective to the industry, particularly tennis, through using my own experiences to develop a unique understanding of sports related issues. 

Random Fact: My full name spells out my first name :)

(Name)
Um-E-Aymen Babar
(Position)
Written journalism

Um-E-Aymen Babar

Written journalism

Aspirations: Cricket writer for the ECB.

Random Fact: Won the Hugh Cudlick Award sponsored by the Daily Mirror for a written cricket piece.