Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is delighted to announce a record 14 Player Ambassadors for the 2023-24 season. There will be seven Charlton Athletic men’s first-team Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player Ambassadors, and seven women’s team Player Ambassadors, all supporting CACT’s work across the local community.
Last season saw an incredible 384 player appearances in the community in total ranging from social inclusion sessions like Premier League Kicks to holiday football courses and tournaments. This season’s aim is to achieve 400 appearances across the men’s and women’s first-team, Academy and Regional Talent Club across CACT’s programmes and within the wider community.
Goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer, who visited a CACT football holiday course over the summer, and Mary Bashford, who is attending the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Children in Care Awards this Friday at The Valley, will become Education Ambassadors.
Captain George Dobson, who was the Environmental Ambassador last season and engaged in a range of activities promoting greener choices ahead of the club’s Greener Game, will become the Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador. Last season, he recorded a video message in support of the Be Well Challenge, an NHS campaign to encourage people in South East London to take care of their mental health. Beth Roe, who took part in the EFL Week of Action at Ravensworth Primary School in Mottingham last season, will become the Mental Health and Wellbeing Ambassador for the women’s team.
Rebecca McKenna and Panutche Camara will become the Sports Participation Ambassadors.
Sophie O’Rourke and Alfie May will take on the role of Girls/Women’s Football Ambassadors.
Terell Thomas, who recently answered questions from lots of young participants at CACT’s holiday courses, and Carla Humphrey will become the Ambassadors for Health.
Sian Rogers, who has engaged in a number of CACT programmes throughout her time with Charlton including girls football sessions last week, will be taking on the Disabilities Ambassador role, as will Terry Taylor.
Michael Hector and Karin Muya, who are both set to feature on a panel for a Red, White and Black (RWB) Day webinar on 17 October, will be taking on the role of Equalities Ambassador. Michael also appeared in a RWB Day event last season.
Jason Morgan MBE, CACT’s Chief Executive, said: “Following a fantastic season of player engagement in CACT’s community work last year, which has seen us exceed our target considerably, I am delighted to see so many players taking an interest in our work once again.
“We hope to continue engaging men’s team, women’s team and Academy players throughout the season.”