Trustee Honoured By Football Black List

Soye Briggs, Surrey FA Trustee, was recognised for his contribution to the community at the 2017 Football Black List Awards on 8th November.

Soye is heavily involved in promoting diversity within football, in a volunteer capacity Soye Briggs joined Surrey County FA in 2012 becoming a member of the Counties Equality Committee and in 2015 become the Surrey County FA’s first Black Board Member. In a professional capacity Soye is the Palace For Life Foundation’s Community Director, the official charity of Crystal Palace FC, where he has worked for over four years.

Speaking after receiving his award, Soye said: “It feels great to be recognised for work that we do in the local community, helping young people to reach their aspirations with a view to having a better life.

“It’s all about having an impact, working with a club that is passionate about young people across south London.

“Nothing can be achieved in isolation, you have to have a good team around you to succeed, and I certainly have that.”

Award categories on the night included coaching and management, administration, media, commercial, community and practitioners. There were also special awards, including the Ugo Ehiogu One to Watch, in tribute to the late England and Aston Villa player.

Speaking about the importance of positive black role models in the local community, Soye added: “When young people are asked who their role models are, they often look to celebrities, but what they really need is people who are down-to-earth and represent something that is within their reach.

“People like myself have a big responsibility to behave in a certain way so that young people can look to me and see that if I can do it, so can they.

“Part of our role is to support them in that process, supporting them, mentoring them and constantly feeding them with positive messages and instilling in them that they can make it, rather than some of the negativity they might be picking up elsewhere.

“Consistent, positive messaging over a period of time, can change the direction of a young person’s life.”

“It’s great for Soye to have been recognised at the Football Black List Awards,” said Caroline McRoyall, Surrey FA Chief Executive. “His presence at the Surrey FA is such a positive one, and he has been a trailblazer in many respects. His ongoing work with us and Crystal Palace really makes a great impact to the footballing community, and we’d like to congratulate him on this award.”

The Football Black List is an annual event that was started in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds, and highlights the work of influential black figures within the football industry in order to inspire future generations to take up important roles. It is supported by the FA, PFA, Premier League and Kick It Out. Find out more on their website.

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