Many of you will have heard or read of Jacob’s harrowing story - after being brutally attacked for deceiving a drug gang in his native Kenya, he was forced to escape.
Arriving to Liverpool as a refugee in 2014, Jacob dreamt of playing football – just like he had done in his homeland – and was offered a place at Everton’s academy. However, Jacob was unable to sign a contract due to his immigration status and, to compound the misery, an ACL injury hampered his playing prospects.
In order to keep in touch with the game, Jacob with support from Liverpool FA’s, Football Development Officer, Stuart Carrington, chose to pick up the whistle and he has not looked back.
As well as refereeing, Jacob emersed himself in supporting and developing the grassroots game across Merseyside by coaching and volunteering with Liverpool FA Football Development programmes as well as grassroots clubs.
“I'm delighted to be joining the team at Liverpool FA,” said Jacob.
“I’m passionate and committed to developing football across Merseyside and supporting our grassroots community.”
Steven Swinnerton, Liverpool County FA Football Services Manager, added:
“I’m delighted to be able to welcome Jacob to the team. Throughout the recruitment process, Jacob demonstrated a real passion for football and I’m confident Jacob will be a great asset to our team and our grassroots community.”
“On behalf of everyone at Liverpool FA and our grassroots family, we welcome Jacob to our team and wish him all the best in his new role here.”
Jacob has already commenced his role with Liverpool FA.