The Zesh Rehman Foundation has a delivery team providing services and projects to young people within socio-economic deprived and marginalised communities in a number of cities in the UK.
The ZRF understands how sport can help to bring about positive changes in the lives of individuals and communities and works with a number of strategic, funding and like-minded delivery partners to make sure our work is cutting edge, relevant and of the highest standard. We recognise the important contribution and support our partners provide in order for us to deliver and sustain high quality programmes in the most marginalised communities.
Our programmes deliver across a number of agendas and address a range of social issues including:
- Sports participation amongst under-represented groups
- Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion
- Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
- Personal and Social Development
- Education and Training
- Citizenship and Volunteering
- Health, Fitness and Well-being
The ZRF works closely with its partners to ensure quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation are at the forefront to the different strands of our work which include:
PLAY THE GAME: We recognise that the progression of young people and communities is a central component of what we do. Our grassroots 'Play the Game' programme uses sport as a pathway and platform for social change, integration and community cohesion. Read more
SIDELINED-TO-SIDELINES: There is an acute shortage of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) coaches working in professional football. Our 'Coach Education and Mentoring' programme is funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, Read more
GET UP GET MOVING: A bespoke programme, specifically designed for the ZRF. This one week cross curricular programme has been designed to increase awareness of requirements and promote physical activity among school children. England international and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard MBE is the National Ambassador for the project. Read more
SOCCER SCHOOLS: There is a clear under-representation of young Asian children aged 5-14 playing mainstream football at the grassroots. Our 'Soccer School' provides opportunities for young people from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities with a player-centred focus aligned to the FA's four-corner model of learning and the theory of 'Long Term Player Development'. Read more
PRIMARY KICK ABOUT: Provides a series of sessions that combine both theoretical football knowledge with practical footballing skills and tactics. This programme is currently being delivered across a number of schools in Bradford. Read more