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Many thanks to our Palace for Life PlayMakers for helping us change the lives of people across South London:

Louise Court – former Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. She has pledged her time to provide life and career coaching for Foundation participants, as well as sharing her expertise in shaping the new Healthy Eagles programme.

Saima Mohsin – broadcaster and journalist, who has anchored for CNN, Channel 4 and the BBC. She is supporting year 10 pupils develop their presentation skills as part of the Premier League’s Enterprise Challenge, which the Foundation delivers.

Andrea Perry – journalist at the Croydon Chronicle. She is helping to oversee a special youth edition of the Croydon Chronicle to provide local young people with hands-on experience of publishing a community newspaper.

Angus Robertson – Director of Operations at London Sport. He has committed his time to deliver a workshop on opportunities in the sport and leisure industry to participants of Palace for Life’s College Academy programmes at Bromley College, Carshalton High School for Boys and Harris South Norwood.

Emma Bradman – Head of Talent at Prospectus, one of the largest charity recruitment companies in the UK. A local resident and lifelong Palace fan, Emma is helping young people on the Opportunities for Success programme with their interview and presentation skills.

Vivienne Inglis – Head of Security at Harrods. A Palace season ticket holder and Marathon March veteran, she is helping young people on the Opportunities for Success programme with one-on-one support to improve their CVs.

Kevin Martin – Operations Director at Superunion, a next generation brand agency, Kevin also runs a local design consultancy, KM Design. A Palace fan for nearly 30 years, Kevin has worked as a steward at the club for 22 years. Having worked as a consultant for the Foundation since April 2017, he also volunteered a day of his time, producing on a range of design work to support Foundation programmes and events.

Dan Cudmore – works alongside regeneration, district centres, physical activity and public health colleagues to deliver health outcomes in Croydon. He runs his own consultancy and will be using his wealth of knowledge and experiences to help upskill local community organisations in the Thornton Heath area.

Andrew Graham – retired professional who possesses 28 years of experience with Barclays Bank internationally and 11 years of experience working in Sutton Council’s housing department. He is on the Board of Trustees of Croydon Community Mediation, is the treasurer of Croydon Dyslexia Association and spends two days a week supporting administrative duties at Palace for Life Foundation.

Martin Tempia – a producer working in film, television and the theatre. He has been involved in a number of training initiatives in the TV industry and has a played a leading role in establishing a charitable trust to take over the governance of Crystal Palace Park where he serves as a trustee. He has been using his wide and varied social networks to connect the Foundation with other valuable PlayMakers like himself.

Jan Podsiadly – a professional photographer and rock ‘n’ roll singer with a background in marketing and communications. Since giving up full-time employment as head of communications for a disability charity, Jan has become a Fellow of the RSA, indulged his passion for 50s music and plays with the Foundation’s Fitter Fans team. He will be supporting the Foundation primarily though photography for stock use and support for community projects.

Emma Wright – Emma works at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, one of the biggest PR agencies in the world, where she leads international PR campaigns for adidas in football and for Facebook’s virtual reality arm Oculus. She has also founded a new division of the agency H+K Better Impact which helps brands support social and environmental issues. Emma will be visiting children who are moving up to secondary school and helping them prepare for this big change.

Jointly funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, PlayMakers is about tapping into the skills and experience of Palace fans to help the Foundation improve the lives of young people in south London.

The Foundation are currently in the process of recruiting PlayMakers and have identified the type of opportunities for them to help deliver. These include:

  • Sharing unique skills and experiences
  • Presenting at school assemblies
  • Facilitating work experience placements
  • Providing Trainee and Apprenticeships
  • Helping with CVs or careers advice
  • Deeper or longer term mentoring, or life coaching

If you are interested in becoming a PlayMaker, or for more information, contact