Mesut Ozil says he will provide a platform for British South Asian players to shine after joining partners with the Football Association and Bradford City to launch the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Center.
Talk to you exclusively Sky Sports News Last year, former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey spoke of growing up in Leicester and playing football with South Asian kids, adding that the public has an unquestionable passion for the game.
Despite being around eight per cent of the UK population, less than 0.25 per cent of players in all England leagues come from South Asian backgrounds, kick-out chair Sanjay Bhandari said. Sky Sports News Which is “the biggest statistical inconsistency in football”.
“I’ve always wondered why the South Asian community is only allowed to be fans of the game,” said World Cup winner Ozil.
“Why don’t we see more players or managers enter professional football? I want to promote them, give them a chance to succeed on and off the field.
“I myself understand the ethnically diverse backgrounds and challenges. I hope the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Center will become their much-needed platform.”
The goal of the Mesut Ozil Development Center will be to pave the way for football and education and to be held at the University of Bradford, the elite session will be held at the Bradford City training ground.
Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks said: “We are delighted to be part of the Mesut Ozil Football for Peace Development Center, which will facilitate the growth and inclusion of the South Asian community in football. Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to success. And we are proud to provide a warm environment. “
Rupinder Bains, a member of the FA Board, said: “The FA is proud to support this important initiative, which is our Asian Inclusion Strategy, to bring opportunities to the community.
“Through this initiative, we will see more young people from historically under-represented ethnic backgrounds break into the academy structure, hoping to build a strong future pipeline of talent for professional play. This is a promising move.”
Professor Shirley Condon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, said: “Through this partnership, we hope to engage football with the youth of our community, how sports can contribute to solving social and environmental problems, and help become future leaders who will make a difference in global society. “
The Bradford Hub is sponsored by Innery and will operate as a pilot, the new football will have co-branded Football for Peace centers with different players in different regions of the country.
Ozil is a longtime supporter of Football for Peace, a global organization backed by the United Nations and co-founded internationally by Kash Siddiqui, a former international footballer from British South Asia and Pakistan.
Ozil teamed up with Siddiqui during the lockdown last year to arrange for 50,000 meals across the UK that were ready to go to waste management from Wembley Stadium.
Siddiqui said: “Football has given me so much, and by working with Mesut we want to create a platform that will provide a framework inside the football pyramid between professional clubs and our community.
“While it is important to see greater representation in professional sports, it is also important to acknowledge the power that football can have over the community. Reduces. “
British South Asian community ‘often overlooked’
The center also has the support of national charitable sports equivalents, who formed the British Asians in Sport and Physical Activity Board (BASPA) in 2018 to examine why British South Asians are perfectly represented at the highest levels of the sport.
Only athletes from South Asian backgrounds competed for Team GB throughout the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Five years later, things got worse – Wheelchair rugby gold medalist Ayush Bhuta was the only British South Asian athlete to compete in both the Tokyo Olympics and the Paralympics.
Manisha Darji, MBE, Vice-Chair of BASPA Coaching, said: “Talent pathways and support issues towards the British South Asian community are long-standing.
“There’s a lot of misinformation and old stereotypes about our community, which has created an unconscious bias towards our strengths and passion for the sport, not just cricket or hockey.”
Gurudwara Singh Dhaliwal, chairman of the Khalsa Football Federation, added: “Lack of representation in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, many will assume that our community is not interested in participating in football or perhaps we are not talented enough.” Highlights the dangers and tries to rectify it through the satirical report of ‘Asians Football Football’.
“It is sad that for 25 years, while aspirations and talents have continued in the British South Asian community, a lack of understanding, involvement, empathy and commitment to specific communities have prevented our community from reaching our familiar professional level. We are able to achieve. “
The ‘proud’ Mishra wants more South Asian coaches
Meanwhile, Charlton women’s assistant manager Ritesh Mishra speaks of her pride in representing British South Asian coaches at the top level of football.
Mixed Karen Hills’ Championship Charlton Women’s assistant, making her South Asia’s highest-ranked ranking coach in England’s elite sport.
“I am very proud, in the name of my family and for myself, that I am able to represent the community in women’s football and elite football in general,” Mishra said. Sky Sports News.
“On the other hand, it’s very frustrating that there’s no one else – especially at the end of the game – who has broken down. We’re starting to see good progress, and I just hope that I’m talking to you to give the young coaches just the idea that you Can create a career in professional football.
It’s hard. These works, it’s really important. “
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