Kilman pledges support as Wolves Foundation ambassador

Kilman pledges support as Wolves Foundation ambassador Image

Wolves Foundation are delighted to announce that men’s first-team captain Maximilian Kilman has become an ambassador of the club’s official charity.

Kilman, who made his 100th league appearance for Wolves at Sheffield United on Saturday, will join the team of ambassadors who highlight and support the extensive work of the Foundation across the community.

The announcement comes ahead of Wolves Foundation’s inaugural Gala Dinner this evening (8th November). Hundreds, including Kilman, will come together to recognise those individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the local community.

The 26-year-old central defender, named club captain at the start of the 2023/24 season, is looking forward to playing his part in the life of what is a fast-growing Foundation.

“It means a lot to me and I am very proud to become an ambassador of Wolves Foundation,” said 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.

“From my point of view, I will be delighted to help however I can and am really looking forward to becoming an ambassador.”

Kilman’s own story is one which will be inspirational to Foundation participants, as, after spells with Fulham and Gillingham academies, he emerged through non-league with Marlow and Maidenhead United, showing the hard work and determination to match his defensive talent.

Whilst playing non-league he also built a career in the sport of futsal, the indoor and small-sided game relying on excellent ability on the ball, graduating all the way to winning 25 caps with the England senior team.

Joining Wolves on transfer deadline day in August 2018, he once again answered the challenge of proving himself within the Under-23 squad, making his debut as a late substitute in the Premier League fixture with Fulham in May 2019.

In doing so, he became the first player since Chris Smalling to go direct from non-league to Premier League, with no loans in between.

From there, Kilman’s game time gradually increased, to the point where he has now spent several seasons as a regular and key influence within the heart of the Wolves defence, being handed the captain’s armband at the start of the current campaign.

“The contribution of our team of ambassadors is so important to Wolves Foundation, both in helping to spread awareness of the range of our projects, and providing inspiration through their own stories and experiences,” said Will Clowes, head of Wolves Foundation.

“Within that, we also hugely appreciate the support we receive from Wolves’ first team staff and players in giving up their time to attend sessions and engage so enthusiastically with participants.

“Max has been a keen supporter of Wolves Foundation and, as one of the club’s longest serving players, is aware of the role we play and impact we deliver across the local community.

“His own story in how he has worked so hard to progress and become an established Premier League player, and earned the respect of everyone at the club to become captain, is one which sets a fantastic example for others to follow.

“We are delighted that he has agreed to become a Foundation ambassador, and look forward to working closely with him over the coming weeks and months.”

Kilman joins the team of ambassadors already featuring former Wolves captain Karl Henry, record Wolves Women appearance maker Anna Price, music artist and producer S-X, broadcasters Mark Rhodes, Johnny Phillips and Jacqui Oatley, inspirational speaker and former Team GB paralympic captain Jack Rutter, and chef and influencer Mitch Lane.

"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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