The newly formed Zesh Rehman Foundation has joined forces with Bradford City to take 20 students from Hill Top Primary School on a visit to Valley Parade to discover more about the mechanics behind running a football club.

Launched earlier this year by the Bradford Captain, Zesh Rehman, the foundation uses football as a vehicle to provide young people of all ethnicities and backgrounds with the capacity to enter the football industry.

And in The Foundation's latest initiative, Bradford Joint Chairman Mark Lawn will take the schoolchildren around the pitch, stands, changing rooms, board room and club shop on October 13 allowing them to interact with various employees including the kit man, physio, PR team and secretary.

The experience will be followed by a return to the ground three days later to watch the Bantams take on Cheltenham Town to sample the match day atmosphere at Valley Parade, meet and interact with the players.

"It is a brilliant opportunity and insight for these kids," said Zesh Rehman, who was the first British Asian to start a Premier League match and also the first to have played in all four divisions of English professional football.

"I really believe this will have a lasting ripple effect and these children will get the City bug.

"Hopefully they will spread the word to their friends who will choose to follow their hometown club of Bradford."

The Foundation focuses on three core beliefs surrounding the development of young people via practical and theoretical workshops, encouraging peer mentoring between young people and encouraging and developing projects that promote football as a pathway for community cohesion.

"This is a wonderful and educational day trip for the children," added Deputy Head of Hill Top Primary, Fiona Nolan. "They will discover the range of jobs carried out by people within a football club and how they can develop skills to make their own contribution to the future."

And Lawn backed the Foundation, explaining: "What I feel The Zesh Rehman Foundation is doing is a great initiative - it can only be of a long term benefit to the club and the community.

"It's brilliant that the kids get to experience the inner workings of Bradford City, you never know we may well end up employing some of these kids in the future."

To find out more about the Foundation visit www.zeshrehmanfoundation.org.

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