Zesh Rehman inspires youngsters at Foundation forum
Zesh Rehman discussed the under representation of British Asian professional footballers, his spells at Queens Park Rangers and Fulham, and current duties with the Pakistan national team and club side Muangthong United, when the Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF) hosted ‘An Audience with Zesh Rehman’ at Selhurst Park recently.
The event, which focused on giving young people and coaches the chance to interact with role models within the sport, consisted of a panel discussion in which Zesh was joined by Phil Alexander, Crystal Palace CEO, Taf Islam, a coach at Arsenal’s academy, and Roisin Wood, Kick It Out’s General Manager.
Reflecting on the day, Zesh said: “It was great to be at Selhurst Park. Palace are a community-based club who produce players through their own system that live in the local area. The Foundation is delighted to be involved with the club and hopefully it’s the start of a long and sustained relationship.
“That fact that so many people travelled from different parts of the country fills me with encouragement that there’s a lot of interest, the bottom line is about delivering the results and making a difference to kids by getting them involved in football and education.”
Alexander, who has been at Palace for over a decade, said: “The club were delighted to host what was a fantastic event on behalf of the Zesh Rehman Foundation. The Crystal Palace Community Foundation and Study Centre have similar aims to Zesh’s, so we will be delighted to continue working with him to ensure that the message continues to be publicised and his foundation goes from strength to strength.”
Riz Rehman, the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s Operations Director, added: “Crystal Palace is a club going in the right direction, both on and off the pitch and were pleased to be partnering with them to engage the BME and wider communities.
“Selhurst Park has great history and it’s only fitting that the community are part of it. We aim to encourage young people to become more active by tailoring our programmes to meet their needs, and hopefully these young people will become future role models”.
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