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Palace for Life welcome four new PlayMakers

Palace for Life Foundation are delighted to be able to announce four new PlayMakers have joined our team of volunteers. PlayMakers involves Palace supporters using their skills and experience to improve the lives of young people in south London – including delivering presentations in schools, providing work experience opportunities, and mentoring.

Sak Rafique, Managing Director and Lead Executive Wellbeing Coach at ORANGE BALL. Sak combines his passion for sport, education and positive psychology to develop the mental fitness and wellbeing of individuals, groups and organisations. He has supported the Foundation by creating resources for the Team Mates programme and delivered training for Foundation staff in the areas of strengths, wellbeing and performance.

Len Bennett – With over 10 years of communications experience behind him, Len works at Network Rail as a media manager and loves his local community. With previous experience at Nestlé and Nuffield Heath, he hopes to use his skills and passion to empower young people to reach their potential.

Paul Tilley – recently retired from the Community Section of the London Fire Brigade. Prior to that Paul worked in international banking for over 40 years including living in Frankfurt, Germany. Paul loves sport and is a keen cyclist having participated in the London to Brighton Cycle ride 5 times.  Paul is now keen to start volunteering for the Palace Foundation as he feels passionate about helping young people, sharing his experience and knowledge and enabling young people to access opportunities and have fun.

Vladi Dermendijeva – Assistant Manager in Data Analytics at EY and a chartered accountant with the ICAEW, Vladi is currently supporting the digitization of the Audit practice at EY. Vladi is an active volleyball and football player and has a keen interest in personal wellbeing through sport, mental health and sport psychology. She is looking to support the Foundation by delivering workshops to help young people develop technical and soft skills that would help them with future employability.

Everyone at Palace for Life would like to welcome Sak, Len, Paul and Vladi to the team and look forward to working with them. If you are interested in becoming a PlayMaker, or for more information, contact ZaynabOsman@palaceforlife.org

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