Social Week of Action profile: Ffion Eade

This week, our ECFA National Student Leadership Committee are teaming up with BUCS’ Student Management Group to Support Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, to raise social awareness of discrimination and promote equality within football and sport in general.

NSLC member Attia Begum spoke to young referee Ffion Eade.

Current role within football: Level 5 referee, FA referee mentor, Chairperson of the Hampshire Youth Council.

Background in football: I have played football since I was nine, joining the school football team as my friend said they were short of players and without someone else joining they wouldn’t be able to play. From there my friend asked me to join their team and that’s when I was hooked! Having played football for seven years I decided I didn’t really want to play anymore, but still wanted to be involved. I became a referee in 2012 and decided I would concentrate on just refereeing. Since then I have worked my way through youth football and now referee open age, male and female football. I love it! What is brilliant now is that I can give something back to the game I am so passionate about. I now am able to out and mentor young referees who have just started, help deliver courses and organise events within my role as chairperson of the youth council.

What opportunities have you had? I have been very lucky and been given lots of opportunities within football. I have had courses offered to me, support through my refereeing career with the highlight being accepted to referee at the Iber cup in Portugal. I have also been very lucky in terms of my own personal development, being part of a development group. I believe being offered to run the youth council was also a huge opportunity as well.

What barriers have you faced on your journey? Of course, I have faced barriers throughout my journey in football. Whether it was dealing with sexist comments or managing expectations, I’d like to hope I have dealt with them all and come out a much better person for doing so.

What do you hope to achieve within football? In football, I’d like to make a difference. Whether that is helping one person or a hundred people, making a difference to those around me to succeed is really important to me.