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Panesar features in PFA Asian inclusion mentoring scheme

10 March 2022

First-year scholar Aman Panesar took part in the Professional Footballers’ Association Asian Inclusion Mentoring Scheme in their ‘Player Development Day’.

The event, held at St George's Park, hosted over 90 players from academy level to professionals. Accompanied by parents, coaches, practitioners, club staff and stakeholders at St George's Park, the full day included educational presentations, parent workshops and coaching sessions for the players led by England Under-17 head coach Tom Curtis.

The turnout illustrated the success of the AIMS scheme which allowed players to connect, parents and practitioners to network and bring together communities that all have the aim to progress along the elite pathway.

AIMS was created to enhance the experience of British Asian footballers on the elite pathway by creating a structured network of support that allows them to thrive. Danny Batth (Sunderland), Neil Taylor (Middlesborough), Otis Khan (Leyton Orient) and Malvind Benning (Port Vale) are among the senior footballers mentoring scholars and emerging pros, with those players, in turn, sharing their academy experiences with their younger peers.

PFA’s Player Inclusion Executive Riz Rehman said: “The momentum behind the PFA’s five-year strategy to increase Asian representation in the game is very strong and thanks must go to all the clubs who have fully supported and backed the scheme by connecting us with their players and families.

“Over the last 24 months, we have laid some solid foundations upon which to build, and we will continue to work with our networks of clubs to provide additional wrap around support for players and families. We’ve had unbelievable buy in from our nationwide network of clubs and this was demonstrated in the attendance on the day with many allowing their players and staff to miss weekend fixtures and training schedules to attend the ‘Player Development Day’.”

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