Sporting Equals Ambassador Annie Zaidi has won the Helen Rollason Award for inspiration at the Sportswomen of the year awards 2015. Praised by countless sporting stars including David Beckham and Les Ferdinand for being “an inspiration to so many people”, Annie has overcome relentless discrimination for chasing her dreams of coaching men's football.
Starting her coaching career with a Sunday League team Annie moved to coach in Brixton after receiving harsh racism and sexism from other managers and parents. Annie became the first South Asian and Muslim woman to complete the level 2 certification badge from the FA.
She now coaches the Leicester City U11s at the Centre of Excellence, recently becoming the organisation's chair in January 2015. Annie is currently working towards her UEFA B license, coaching QPR U21s where she is “telling the boys how it is really done”, after which she has her eyes firmly set on achieving her dreams of coaching Arsenal Men's team.
Described as a feisty and ambitious phenomenon, there is no doubt that Annie and her story will continue to break the mould and inspire girls all of the UK to get involved in football.
The second session of the Leaderboard Academy will take place on the 17 & 18 January 2019 in partnership with Sporting Equals and the University of Liecester.
Community Coordinator/Activator BIRMINGHAM (PART TIME) One Day a week
BRITISH ASIANS IN SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SUMMIT (BASPA) 2018
Breaking Boundaries City Leadership Events
Connecting Communities through Cricket, Breaking Boundaries, is a three-year project (2018 - 2021) bringing together young people, their families and communities, through regular engagement in cricket, playing, spectating and volunteering. The project will use the spark of the 2019 World Cup to make the most of crickets potential to bring different ethnic and faith communities closer together into one cricket community and foster mutual respect and friendships.
Black History Month 'COACH' Exhibition
To celebrate Black History Month, the Houses of Parliament will be host to a photographic exhibition, 'COACH', to showcase the contributions made by Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches in athletics.
Sporting Equals has created a unique Leaderboard Academy in partnership with the University of Leicester, we are seeking suitable candidates to help support greater diversity within the boardrooms of sport.