Zesh Rehman Foundation, with support from KC Southern FC this month have launched a series of events to promote community cohesion and refugee integration through football in Hong Kong. With Zesh playing for the club in the Hong Kong Premier League this initiative uses the club facilities and Zesh’s own coaching talents and profile to engage and support both minority groups resident in Hong Kong and recent Refugee arrivals through coaching, personal development and social action within the community.
Tournaments, events and engagement with Zesh through question and answer and mentoring sessions are delivered to build relationships between communities, build a greater understanding of cultural differences and use football as a common ground for discussion and recreation. Volunteers within the community are also trained to deliver their coaching and leadership skills.
The programme also offers community groups the chance to attend KC Southern games and training facilities, ensure the club is embedded as a driver of community development within its local area – with flags from many nations now visible at its matches.