Jayna Patel, Isabelle Pitt & Lizzie Adams – Speakers at the 20th EFDN Conference
Jayna Patel, Isabelle Pitt & Lizzie Adams from the Premier League and Premier League Charitable Fund are confirmed speakers at our 20th EFDN ‘Making Football Matter’ Conference in Athens from the 13th until the 15th of November 2023.
Jayna Patel is the Premier League Kicks Manager of the Premier League (PL) Charitable Fund. She manages the PL Kicks programme currently delivered by 90 professional football Club Community Organisations. Her role includes planning and designing the programme, monitoring its progress, reporting to funders and stakeholders and supporting the organisations and staff that deliver it. Jayna is the lead on Gender Equality for the Premier League Charitable Fund and also oversees the Premier League’s women and girl’s leadership programme Premier League Changemakers. Outside the PLCF, Jayna Chairs the FA’s South Asian Women in Football Advisory Group and is a Trustee of the Miss Kick Foundation.
Isabelle Pitt is Senior EDI Manager (Gender Equality Lead) at the Premier League. Isabelle is an experienced Equality and Diversity practitioner. She combines evidence-based analysis with insights into organisational culture to deliver more equal, happier and productive organisations.
Lizzie Adams is the Community Football Relationship Manager of the Premier League. She joined the PL in December 2022. She currently manages relationships between external partners and the Premier League Community Team focused on investment for grassroots women and girls’ football. Lizzie’s role also includes feeding into the wider policy work of the Premier League and working closely with the network of Club Community Organisations across the English football pyramid. Lizzie is Chair of Trustees for RefugeeYouth, a small charity supporting young refugees and asylum seekers in South London and Captain of Dartford FC Women’s team who play in the 5th tier of the English women’s football pyramid.
Jayna, Isabelle and Lizzie will host the break-outsession: Women & Girls’ Football & Gender Equality – Premier League & Premier League Charitable Fund. This will be an interactive session providing an overview of the Premier League’s work around women and girls’ football in England and Wales within the context of the Premier League’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. The session will be led by the Premier League and Premier League Charitable Fund colleagues who will outline investment into women & girls’ football; support for women working in football and the delivery of community and grassroots initiatives in this area.
The following themes will be addressed in the session: gender equality and an intersectional approach; access, pathways and provision; leadership development; relatable role models and developing inclusive environments. The session will provide an opportunity to learn from colleagues in the room too and identify key actions to take away from the session to implement into your work where relevant after the conference.