"We are here to challenge and change the perception of women's football," says Makel, head of women’s football at Manchester City FC. "We are professionalising a sport which traditionally hasn't received the support or resource it has deserved." It was Makel who relaunched the club’s women’s team in 2014 and established its girls’ academy in 2016. He was also behind the Same City, Same Passion campaign promoting the women’s game (30 millions views worldwide) and the follow-up #SameGoals initiative, which saw Man City sending out more than 2,000 footballs to encourage girls to keep playing. Makel sits on the European Club Association Women's Football Committee Bureau.
She Says: "I’ve seen firsthand how passionate Gavin is about challenging the perception of women's football and increasing girls' participation in the game. He’s a true Agent of Change." Mercedes Antrobus, women's team communications manager, Manchester City