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Raise Your Game Conference

10 March 2014

Spaces running out fast

Over 250 people have already signed up for Kick It Out's annual Raise Your Game conference, taking place on Wednesday 16th April 2014 at Wembley Stadium, as the campaign looks to offer support and advice to aspiring individuals eager to break into the football industry.

The conference, which will be hosted by Clarke Carlisle, a leading Kick It Out ambassador and former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), forms part of the campaign's Mentoring and Leadership Project and is running for the fourth consecutive year. 

Spaces are now running out fast with the impressive two-tiered Bobby Moore Suite set to host Kick It Out's biggest conference yet. Those interested in attending are urged to book their FREE place now by clicking here.

Leading representatives from all areas of the game are offering their support with the conference consisting of keynote speeches, one:one mentoring sessions, specific workshops, exhibitions and a panel discussion to be hosted by BBC Sport's Caroline Barker.

Two of the workshops will see ITV Football's Clive Tyldesley focusing on the art of commentating, and Tony Taylor, lead academy coach at League Two side Burton Albion, looking at player development, empowerment and ownership, with more to be announced.

Daily Telegraph journalist Henry Winter, The Football Association's (FA) head of media relations Scott Field, The Football League's head of human resources Zoe Tootle, and Lincoln Moses MBE, general manager at Continental Star FC, are just some of the confirmed mentors.

The one:one mentoring sessions will cover the following areas:

Management and coaching 
Grassroots and community 
Football administration 
Work of licensed agents/player services 
Media and communications 
Refereeing 
Sports science, physiotherapy and psychology

Since launching in 2010, the campaign's Mentoring and Leadership Project has helped a number of people gain full-time jobs with Alex Eckhout, the Premier League’s press and information executive, and Ravinder Bhandal, football development administrator at Birmingham County FA, obtaining their positions with Kick It Out's support.

Following last year's conference, Anthony Hassan now has a role working on Sports Interactive's Football Manager series and Kam Uppal is managing West Bromwich Albion Academy Colts Under-12s. These are just a few of the success stories which have emanated from the Project.

Keep your eye on www.kickitout.org for further updates regarding the conference. Kick It Out will be using #RYG to help connect event attendees on all of its social media platforms.

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