Zesh Rehman holds a unique position in football history, when in he appeared for Fulham FC against Liverpool at Anfield in 2004 he became the first player of South Asian origin to play in the Premier League. Since then Zesh has played almost 500 professional games across the English leagues with Fulham FC, Queens Park Rangers FC, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bradford City, Norwich City, Blackpool and Gillingham. He has also played extensively across Asia with Muanthong United (Thailand), Kitchee SC (Hong Kong), Pahang FA (Malaysia) and is currently playing with Southern FC in Hong Kong. During this time he has represented Pakistan internationally ( his parents country of origin) and is the current Pakistan captain.
Throughout his career Birmingham born Zesh has always had a commitment to give back to his community, recognising both his own journey from the backstreets of Aston to play in the worlds biggest professional league, the sacrifices made by his parents and family to help him achieve his dream and the support and opportunities afforded to him through sport at every level. In 2008 Zesh’s work with the community led to him being presented with Queens Park Rangers Commitment to the Community Award in 2008, and the Football League Player in the Community Award in 2010. He has also acted as ambassador for the Princes Trust and the anti-racism charity Kick it Out.
In 2010 Zesh formally launched the Foundation built on principles of community engagement and support for young people, mentoring and role modelling, and using his networks within football to open opportunities across all elements of the industry.
For more information see Zesh’s personal website http://www.zeshrehman.com/biography.php
"Guided by Zesh’s passion for sport and recognising how football in particular, could be used to enable social cohesion and change, ZRF has developed a number of sports-based programmes and educational initiatives to raise young people’s aspirations, encourage healthy and active lifestyles and provide positive role models."