Trustees Deborah White and Paul Elliott CBE recently attended the Bangladesh Football Association (BFA) Awards evening at the Troxy on Commercial Road, London E1 as guests of Zakir Kahn – a BFA founding member and special advisor.
Zakir has been involved in the development of Football across Tower Hamlets as both an individual and in his role as Head of Community Affairs at the Canary Wharf Group Plc – a role he has held for 15 years.
600 young people attended the event with over 2000 trophies and awards being distributed during the evening.
Attended by numerous local businesses, local Councillors, West Ham FC Community Trust, the newly elected mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and sporting personality Devon Malcolm.
The Patron of the BFA is Anwar Huddin. Currently playing at Barnet, Anwar is the only player of Bangladeshi origin playing in any tier of the English league.
Since its creation in 1996, the BFA has grown in size year each year and now boasts over 60 teams through which over 2000 young people are engaged each week across East London.
The BFA's purpose is to unite the community by working in partnership with the voluntary, public and private sectors, with a focus on promoting healthy living, community cohesion, inclusion, community safety, good citizenship, training and employment.