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Amal Fashanu – The Trailblazer

The late Justin Fashanu became the first £1million black footballer following his move from Norwich City to Nottingham Forest in 1981. He also remains to this day the only openly gay footballer to have played professionally in the UK. To honour his impact, Justin was inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame last season where his niece Amal, who founded the Justin Fashanu Foundation and very much a trailblazer in her own right, picked up the posthumous award on his behalf.

‘It’s not a flaw to plan for life after football’

As one of the UK’s top performance psychologists, Katie Warriner has worked with the biggest names in global sport. As well as helping the footballing and rugby elite with everything from dressing room bust-ups to penalty-taking, she assists players with preparing for life after retirement and has also worked behind the scenes with Team GB for years. As well as her day job, Londoner Katie, 38, has co-authored a new book with national treasure Marcus Rashford and sports journalist Carl Anka, aimed at inspiring younger generations. We caught up with Katie to hear more about her work…