Mental health charity CEO is appointed as Non-Executive Director of Kidderminster Harriers
By Matty Paddock - 18/02/2020
Posted 3 months ago
Kidderminster Harriers FC are delighted to announce their new board member, Monica Shafaq, CEO of mental health and wellbeing charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
The club are keen to develop their skills and expertise in the areas of equality, diversity and wellbeing, all areas in which Monica has a vast knowledge and expertise. She is already a Non-Executive Director and equality lead at the Birmingham County FA and has dedicated time to help them to achieve the FA’s equality standard.
In addition, she sits on the Premier League’s Equality Standard Panel, therefore has an insight to best practice in equality on and off the field. She also works closely with the FA as a member of their Asian Women’s Inclusion in Football National Working Party.
Monica said, “I’ve seen first-hand the lack of attention paid to wellbeing issues in the football sector. I’m also aware of inequalities in football. Equality and wellbeing are huge passions of mine and this is an opportunity to firmly put these issues at the forefront in a sector where it has been lacking – and a sector in which it can have significant impact.”
“Football has the power to unite communities and address a variety of social issues…” Monica Shafaq
She continued: “I’m thrilled to be on board. I’ve always dreamt of owning my own club (yes, I dream big!) whose ethos it is to support staff (both on and off the pitch). As I will be lead Director for Equality and Wellbeing, the position allows me to put this into practice in a club that is proactive and genuinely wants to create an environment that is supportive of its staff both personally and professionally.
“I’m excited to put procedures and practices in place that will be supporting players through the academy system. Less than 1% of academy players make it to professional football which can, in some cases, lead to a range of issues if they are inadequately supported throughout their time at the academy. Our vision is that we will support the young people through education, wellbeing and resilience programmes and where needed, one to one support too and ensure that it complements the physical aspect of their training regime.”
“I’ve seen first-hand the lack of attention paid to wellbeing issues in the football sector…”
Becoming a board member requires Monica to assist in developing and meeting the club’s strategy with her particular focus being on the areas of equality and wellbeing.
Finally, she said, “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity and am looking forward to working with the staff, directors and fans alike to make Kidderminster Harriers a club that genuinely cares for its staff and the wider community. We have visionary and strong leaders in Richard and Neil and, combined with Russ Penn who is an equally fantastic manager, it’s a real honour to be working alongside them all. Football has the power to unite communities and address a variety of social issues and I believe that through our collective work, not only will we begin to set the foundations for a successful club but a prosperous community, too.”
Monica will become a member in February 2020.