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Maximilian Kilman

Wolves captain

Maximilian Kilman

Wolves captain

Maximilian Kilman, after spells with Fulham and Gillingham academies, emerged through non-league with Marlow and Maidenhead United before joining Wolves in the summer of 2018.

Having previously landed 25 caps playing for the England futsal team, he then went on to become the first player since Chris Smalling to go direct from non-league to Premier League, with no loans in between.

He was made Wolves club captain at the start of the 2023/24 season, and went on to make his 100th league appearance for the club in the game at Sheffield United.

Kilman: “Throughout my career, I have seen how football can have such a positive impact on the local community and I am really happy to be increasing my involvement. Wolves Foundation do some fantastic work across so many areas and the players are always keen to support the different projects and meet fans and people from the city.”

 

Anna Price

Wolves Women captain

Anna Price

Wolves Women captain

Anna Price first started playing football at the age of eight, shortly afterwards joining Wolves and progressing through the age groups to represent the first team, making her debut in an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa at the age of just 15.

By the start of the 2019/20 campaign, she had chalked up around 300 senior appearances for the club, and had been captain for 11 seasons.

During her career so far she has been fortunate to have played not only at Molineux but also St James’s Park, Stadium MK and Valley Parade.

Anna has worked as a PE teacher at Thomas Telford School – where she was previously a student – for 13 years and is now also the Assistant Head of Key Stage.

She runs all the girls football at Thomas Telford from under-12 level through to under-18.

Anna has already participated in Wolves’ activities as a result of captaining the ladies team, and was delighted to become an ambassador for Wolves Foundation in September, 2020.

Price: “As a Wolves fan and season ticket holder who has played for the club since I was eight, it is a real honour to link up with the Foundation and I can’t wait to get started.”

Karl Henry

Former Wolves Captain

Karl Henry

Former Wolves Captain

Karl Henry was born at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital, brought up at Ashmore Park in the city and went on to captain Wolves to the Championship title and three subsequent years in the Premier League.

In seven seasons at his hometown club, Karl made 272 appearances in the Wolves midfield, scoring seven goals, out of a total of 574 career outings, and 11 goals.

During his time at Molineux, Karl always ensured the players worked closely in the local community and carried out activities for the club’s official charity, as well as organising various fundraising initiatives to support local schools and charities.

As a result, he was delighted to be asked to become the Foundation’s first official ambassador in April 2019, once again offering the opportunity to become heavily involved in the local community in which he grew up.

Henry: “Being from Wolverhampton and having played for the club for such a long time, it is an honour to be supporting the work delivered by the Foundation.”

S-X

Music Artist And Producer

S-X

Music Artist And Producer

Being made an ambassador of the Wolves Foundation in August 2019 meant that S-X, real name Sam, had come full circle, having worked in the Wolves’ retail department many years earlier as he was pursuing a music career.

From growing up in Warstones in Wolverhampton and attending Smestow School, S-X’s musical talent and fierce determination to succeed has seen him propelled to becoming a singer/songwriter and producer who has performed and collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned urban artists.

As well as releasing his own material, he has worked alongside the likes of KSI, D Double E and Childish Gambino.

S-X was only too happy to become an ambassador of the Foundation and is particularly keen to help empower the younger generation to achieve their goals and aspirations.

S-X: “Whether it is helping those that might be less fortunate or assisting people creatively. I just like seeing people’s faces when something pays off. The feeling of accomplishment is a real reward to me.”

Johnny Phillips

Writer and broadcaster

Johnny Phillips

Writer and broadcaster

A Wolves supporter and regular reporter on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme, Johnny Phillips has also produced and directed three documentaries about Wolves for Sky Sports. The most recent of these, Wolves in China, chronicled the club’s successful tour of Shanghai in 2019.

Phillips also writes a weekly football column for the Express and Star newspaper and is a regular event host at Molineux. He has also written two books about football, Saturday Afternoon Fever and Bitten by Wolves.

He was delighted to become an Ambassador of Wolves Foundation in July, 2020.

Mark Rhodes

TV presenter and singer

Mark Rhodes

TV presenter and singer

Mark Rhodes hails from the Wolverhampton area and first started watching Wolves in the late 1980’s.

Having started singing in a band at school, and then doing individual gigs around the Midlands, Mark’s broadcast career launched with huge success back in 2003, when finishing runner-up in the entertainment juggernaut that was Pop Idol, following which he was paired with fellow contestant Sam Nixon a collaboration that forged a strong working partnership, both in music and television.

The duo boast a number one single – ‘With A Little Help from My Friends’  – and an extensive resume of broadcast credits, including Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up, Match of the Day: Can You Kick It, Junior Bake Off, TMi, Copycats, family classic Crackerjack and Top of the Pops Reloaded.

He has also supported several different charities during his career, and is a patron of the Whizz-Kidz and Kicks Count charities.

Mark was delighted to accept the invitation to become an ambassador of the Wolves Foundation, which was announced in July 2020.

Rhodes said: “Having been a Wolves supporter all my life I’m honoured to become an ambassador for such a worthwhile and important Foundation.”

Jacqui Oatley

Broadcaster

Jacqui Oatley

Broadcaster

Born in New Cross Hospital and spending her childhood in Codsall, Jacqui Oatley MBE is fiercely proud both of her support of Wolves and her Wolverhampton roots.

A leading figure in the world of the media and broadcasting, Jacqui boasts an extensive CV in reporting and presenting, including covering football for BBC Five Live and BBC Final Score, and hosting Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup coverage for ITV Sport.

The first ever female to commentate on a game for Match of the Day back in 2007, Jacqui was also the UK’s first female darts presenter, covering major tournaments for ITV.

She is an Ambassador for Women in Football, championing the role of women across the game, and was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours in 2016 for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport.

Jacqui became a Foundation ambassador in July 2020.

Oatley: “The Wolves Foundation carries out fantastic work in educating and inspiring local people in order to improve their lives and I’m keen to help spread the word in any way I can.”

Jack Rutter

Paralympic footballer and former England captain

Jack Rutter

Paralympic footballer and former England captain

Jack Rutter was due to play in an FA Youth Cup semi-final for Birmingham City against Liverpool, and sign a professional contract, when he was the victim of an unprovoked assault on a night out.

He suffered a double fracture to the skull, serious brain damage and was left completely deaf in his right ear.

Despite his best efforts, Jack was unable to return to the professional game, but, some years later, was introduced to cerebral palsy football, from where he represented England, and went on to captain the Great Britain Paralympic team.

Alongside these experiences he also develop a passion for motivational speaking and mentoring, work he now carries out for schools and community organisations alongside coaching the England CP Under-21 team.

Having linked up with Wolves Foundation to deliver some sessions via Zoom for disability football and Head 4 Health participants, Jack agreed to become an ambassador in July, 2020.

Rutter: “It is my honour to have been asked to become involved as an ambassador for the Foundation moving forward, and I’m really excited and looking forward to getting started.”

Mitch Lane

Chef and influencer

Mitch Lane

Chef and influencer

Mitch Lane is one of the nation’s favourite home cooks. Born in Bilston, and still living locally in Wednesfield, Mitch’s rise to prominence began during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

The father of three’s budget meals and no-nonsense approach captured the country’s imagination and have seen his ‘Meals By Mitch’ TikTok account skyrocket in popularity.

Mitch now boasts 1.2 million followers on the platform, with over 500 million views to date.

His cookbook, Feed Your Family For a Fiver,  released in April 2023, was a Sunday Times bestseller, with the next instalment coming in 2024.

Mitch now regularly features on TV shows such as the BBC’s Morning Live to share his tried-tested recipes, as well as appearing at the BBC Good Food Show.

He said: “As a lifelong Wolves fan, to be here as an ambassador and able to try and make a difference is amazing. It honestly means the world and it’s a genuine honour.”

 

Amber Sandhu

Broadcaster

Amber Sandhu

Broadcaster

 

Amber Sandhu is a talented broadcaster who has progressed from volunteering with Wolves Community Radio to now working as a freelance across many different aspects of the BBC, and covering Premier League football for Sky Sports.

Her big TV breakthrough came as the lead reporter for Midlands Today at the Commonwealth Games, whilst, with her two sporting loves of football and cricket, she has reported and presented across a number of tournaments such as The Hundred, Women’s Ashes and Women’s Super League fixtures.

She’s a huge advocate of equality, diversity and championing and empowering women through sport, and became a Foundation ambassador in December 2023.

Sandhu: “To be a Foundation ambassador is even more special because I support the club, I can see the projects and all the work the charity is doing and I know it makes such an impact. To even be a little part of that and to help out where I can, is very exciting.”

Suzi Perry

Broadcaster

Suzi Perry

Broadcaster

Suzi Perry was born at RAF Cosford hospital in Shropshire and brought up in Wolverhampton, and is a lifelong Wolves fan who is a regular at Molineux cheering the team on!

Very much a proud Wulfrunian, she went to school, college and polytechnic in the city before embarking on a hugely successful media career which has taken her far and wide working for some of the world’s biggest broadcasters on many different programmes.

Currently heading up coverage on TNT Sports for the MotoGP World Championship, Suzi has previously delivered the same role for Formula 1 on BBC One, becoming the first ever female anchor to host the coverage.

Almost three decades of media work – the majority on live broadcasting – have also featured covering Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Trooping the Colour, the Olympics, the Great North Run and the Boat Race.

Away from sport, Suzi’s TV credits include presenting Treasure Hunt, the Gadget Show, Watchdog and the National Lottery.  She has also presented regularly on BBC Radio 2 and 5 Live, and penned columns for the Daily Telegraph and the Times.

Perry: “I have been an ambassador for different charities over the years but I also really wanted to get involved with the Foundation because it feels right.

“I want to be able to give back to Wolverhampton and to help wherever I can.

“With my work I feel that I am a storyteller predominantly, and if I can help tell the stories of Wolves Foundation, and front up some different projects, then I will be delighted to be able to help.”

 

 

Reepa

Music Artist

Reepa

Music Artist

Born and brought up in Heath Town in Wolverhampton, Reepa is very proud of his roots and the opportunity to positively represent people from the city.

A love of music and particularly rapping was launched in the school playground, and his talent was spotted across the Midlands at various competitions and events, going on to become the first artist signed by the Wolves Records label.

Alongside music, he has worked for many years as a Personal Trainer, and is a strong advocate of promoting and raising awareness of the importance of both mental and physical health.

In becoming a Foundation ambassador in May, 2024, Reepa was also the focus of a video feature about the importance of positive mental health filmed outside Molineux before a Premier League fixture, a hugely important piece of work which attracted millions of views online.

Reepa: “It means so much to me to become an ambassador of Wolves Foundation. There can be lot of stigma around Wolverhampton but I love it – home is home – and it’s important to be positive about the city and what we can do.”

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"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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