Bradford City's captain Zesh Rehman has been honoured by personal invitation to Number 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
In a speech at the reception Mr Cameron, along with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, praised the defender saying he wanted to "celebrated the immense contributions" British Asians like Rehman have made to the country.
As the first Asian captain of Bradford City, Rehman works closely with the local community to build relations and this season he launched his own Foundation to encourage leadership and team work in young people.
"This is a distinguished moment for not only for me as Club Captain, but also an incredible honour for Bradford FC and the City of Bradford," said the Bantams star who has also captained Pakistan. "Together we have achieved positive recognition on a national scale."
"Being one of only two British Asians playing professional football, I was happy to speak to both David Cameron and Nick Clegg about my career and some of the racial hurdles and barriers that I have overcome to make the grade.
"The PM also commented on monitoring my progress for a number of years and said he remembered me from my Premier League and Championship days with Fulham and Queens Park Rangers."
Launched earlier this year, The Zesh Rehman Football Foundation uses the sport as a vehicle to provide young people of all ethnicities and backgrounds with the capacity to enter the football industry.
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.
In October 20 students from Hill Top Primary School went on a visit around the Coral Windows Stadium to discover more about the mechanics behind running a football club.
In The Foundation's latest initiative, Bradford Joint Chairman Mark Lawn took 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.
"It is great to Zesh's inspirational work recognised by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minster," added Gavin Megaw, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Football League.
"The Football League is proud to have players like Zesh Rehman playing within its ranks."
To find out more about the foundation click here.