We wanted to give you the chance to find out a little bit more about our first ever League Ambassador! Some of you may have seen Sophie at our fixtures during the FA People’s Cup when she came down to support the teams on the day and cheered you all on!
Sophie has a wealth of experience in many different exciting areas, some of these include: Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender.
Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography. She is also Europe’s first trans TV newscaster, has hosted her own TV and radio chat shows and is an experienced broadcaster. We are extremely lucky to have Sophie on board with our league and to receive the support that we do from Sophie. We have even appeared on her Radio Show already!
Sophie has become an in-demand public speaker, delivering keynote talks and LGBT workshops at venues including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Anfield, and the Emirates. In April 2017 she was selected by the Labour Party to contest the East Worthing and Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first transgender MP, for now.
Sophie has a huge amount of experience in the world of football and if you get the chance at one of our fixtures come and have a chat and find out more. Sophie became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015. A keen campaigner for equality and diversity within football, Sophie is also an Ambassador for Kick It Out and a Patron of Just A Ball Game? , Sophie has been involved in the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaigns which our league has also supported in the past.
Finally, On behalf of the league, all its players, coaches and supporters, we would like to say Welcome to the League Sophie!
We took a moment to speak with Sophie about why she is so passionate about Disability Football and Equality and this is what she had to say “As the parent of a child with learning difficulties I have seen first hand how football can help both with development and with mental health. Football is the people’s game and I’m proud to be an Ambassador for the Sussex Disability Football League helping them to open the game up to more people and increase involvement with our sport. Football really is for everyone.”