On 25th January, 60 girls from schools across London attended a Diversity Day, in association with the FA, at the home of football, Wembley.
Our day started with a career in sport carousel. Nine young female leaders spoke to each of the schools about their personal journeys, allowing them to learn about the FA and gain an understanding of what it takes to develop a career in sport.
We then enjoyed a tour of Wembley Stadium viewing the press room, trophies, changing rooms and the iconic pitch, with plenty of photo opportunities!
Finally, we were honoured to end the day with a Q&A with Lioness and Arsenal legend Rachel Yankey.
A massive thanks to The Football Association for their work and generosity in hosting us, and to the young leaders and Rachel Yankey for giving up their time to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue a career in sports.
“I would like to say a massive thank you for the day; it was an amazing and inspirational day for myself and the pupils. On the way home, it was great to hear the girls talking about how they didn’t realise how many other jobs there were in sports and how intrigued they were to find out more. A lot of the girls have never been outside of their area either, so coming to a stadium like Wembley was incredible for them – thank you again!” – quote from a school staff member.
On 18th January 23 students joined us at ITN, the independent production company who have been in the business for over 67 years.
The young people toured Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 news studios and were delighted when Tom Bradby and Mary Nightingale took time out of their busy days to speak to them.
The young people spoke to a variety of ITN staff and learned about the various job roles available and the routes staff had taken to get to their positions.
“I think the workshop was awesome and definitely made me consider media as a career path”
Quote from one of the attendees, age 14.
We would like to thank ITN for inviting us and for being so generous with their time at this enriching visit.