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31 March 2017
Social Week of Action profile: Tilu Ngwira

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.

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NSLC member Attia Begum spoke to player, coach and welfare officer Tilu Ngwira.


Tilu Ngwira

Current role within football:

I am a Level Two FA licence Coach and currently work with a college women’s team. I am also the college Football Welfare Officer.

Background in football:

I played football from a young age recreationally (7-13) and then was found to be good enough to play for an academy which I did until I was 17. I then moved to a professional contract with the club I was playing for.

Currently I am playing semi-professionally, then will move to veteran’s football next year.

As well as playing I do a lot of coaching from my current college’s women’s teams.

It’s the passion for football that keeps me involved and motivated, whether its personal or helping another person, I enjoy seeing people succeeding in football whatever their ability may be.

I train every week twice a week and have matches over the weekends which still keeps me involved in the game.

What opportunities have you had?

I have been very lucky to play at a very high standard with amazing players over the years, as well as be coached by high level coaches which has given me a great understanding of how the game is played and run.

I have been very lucky to coach my college football teams (men and women), as well as joining the coaching team for my club to gain more experience in how to be a better coach.

What barriers have you faced on your journey?

The lack of accessible help to get involved in high level coaching has been a barrier.

Also, attracting more females from different cultures to play football, based on culture or ethnic backgrounds, which causes a stumbling point for progressing in the game.

There is also a lack of more funding for projects that can be accessed by coaches to move forward, and from a player’s perspective, the lack of opportunities to play for top clubs  as they are more likely to look abroad which prevents local players getting a chance to play.

What do you hope to achieve within football?

I would like to see more females of ethnic cultures and diversities participating in football, and more players from both genders able to access football.

I would also like to achieve a better standard across all areas of football opportunity-wise for men and women.

Finally, I would like to get myself to the highest standard I can achieve coaching-wise, to be able to deliver even more effective coaching sessions to players to bring out the best of them.