In the spotlight with Mo Ali


As part of Black History Month we have decided to shine a light on one of our employees; Mohamed Ali. Mo works for our Participation & Inclusion strand as a Premier League Programme Coach.

Mo has taken part in a short interview, talking about his life and career, and how he has got to where he is today.

What do your friends know you as?


What is your role at the Foundation?

Premier League Programmes Coach 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy working with children and adults. I like coaching as well, whether that’s football or multi-sports.

How did you come to work in Sport? What did your journey look like to employment?

My journey has been incredible. I started coaching as a volunteer working in different companies. I then had the opportunity to work for Sheffield United Community Foundation and I started delivering multi sports coaching at primary schools.

During this time, I realised that I had to develop myself. I then decided to go to Manchester Metropolitan University to do my degree in Sports Coaching.  

What advice would you give to an individual who wanted to work in Sport?

I would say work hard and take every opportunity the comes your way. Make sure that you don’t give up! Build your confidence and get to know people in the sectors that you would like to work in to show them that you are motivated and hardworking.

What is your greatest achievement?

UEFA B Licence, Sports Coaching degree, Strength & Conditioning coach.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is Cristiano Ronaldo. His work ethic is second to none and he started from nothing.

How do you look after your well-being during the ongoing pandemic? Can you suggest any tips for others to try.

I stay mentally strong by exercising regularly along with searching for ways to improve my skills. I often do this by completing online courses.

What TV Series are you currently watching?

Tottenham All or Nothing and Take Us Home Leeds United.

Katie Glossop, Participation and Inclusion Manager, said “We are celebrating diversity by shining a light on individual employees and their journey’s. Mo is one of the most hard-working people I know and his journey before joining the Foundation was not easy, but he never gave up. Mo has really improved his skills as a coach and is a role model to young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.”

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