Meet the Ambassadors
Meet our current Ambassadors! Find out a bit about them, why they love the game and what made them want to get involved in the Programme.
Jonny Gilder - Chair
I love football not only for the feeling you get when your team win but also for the social aspects. Spending time with friends and being active plays such a large role in your mental health and football is the perfect platform for this. I got involved with the GFA Ambassador Programme as I felt I could help make a difference in the county using my previous experience. Having studied Football Business at university, it felt right to get involved with the FA and start making positive changes in the game.
Nicky DeBonis - Vice-Chair & Lead Project Officer
I have loved and been involved within football for as long as I can remember, having began playing at the age of 3. I became a qualified football referee and began my coaching journey at the age of 14. I am a UEFA B Licensed qualified coach, currently managing Bishops Cleeve Men's Development Team, as well as being a Committee Member and Coach Mentor for Bishops Cleeve Colts. I got involved within the GFA Ambassadors Programme to support with the development and have a positive impact on youth football across the County. I look forward to the journey ahead.
Chelsea Ojiambo - Lead Project Officer
Football manages to bring people together from all walks of life. The sport can break through the barriers brought by cultural differences, having a positive effect on society. Football instils a responsibility in those who partake in it, develops them as people and can lead to a mentality that supports success. I got involved in the Ambassador Programme as I want to ensure football can develop positive outcomes across the region for years to come.
Hayley Keveren – Ambassador & Social Media Officer
I got involved with the GFA Ambassador Programme because I love football and I am keen to encourage more people to take part in the game. Football is open to anyone, no matter who you are or where you come from, and this programme helps me to get that message out there.
Tom Trotman - Ambassador
I believe football is much more than just the matches. It brings people together to experience the high and joys of life itself and gives you valuable lessons that you can transfer into everyday life such as teamwork and communication. The Ambassador programme allows us to build on and use these skills regularly.
Tom Trimble - Ambassador
I got involved with the GFA Ambassador Programme as I wanted to give back to the footballing community, especially at grassroots level. As a football coach for my adult team Wessex Wanderers but also for youth teams, I feel honoured to potentially help football at grassroots as much as I can!
Xavier Barthelet – Ambassador
Football has given me opportunities in life I wouldn’t otherwise have had and I got involved with the Ambassador programme because I wanted to help deliver exciting projects across the county, and this gives me an opportunity to do that.