Ozil wants to help British South Asians succeed as he launches Bradford Football for Peace centre
London — Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil hopes to boost the numbers of British Asians breaking into professional football after helping launch a development centre in Bradford.
The United Kingdom has a South Asian population of more than three million people, which amounts to seven per cent of the population, Eastern Eye writes.
Yet only 11 British Asians have played the professional game in England.
In a bid to redress that stark imbalance, Fenerbahce midfielder Ozil joined forces with the Football Association and the Football for Peace organisation.
Football for Peace, led by former British Asian player Kashif Siddiqi and the FA, are co-launching the Mesut Ozil Development Centre in Bradford, which has a large South Asian community.
The centre will run football and life skill sessions at League Two side Bradford City’s training ground.
Several Premier League and Football League clubs have also signed up to the initiative and it is hoped the Bradford centre will be the first of many to open nationwide.