Last Wednesday, U18s midfielder Vimal Yoganathan travelled to London to attend the inaugural South Asian Pathways event.
The convention, aimed at helping to connect industry professionals and provide peer-to-peer support around South Asian inclusion within football, took place at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Organised by Riz Rehman, who represented Brentford during his playing days, the all-day conference was also geared around creating meaningful pathways to progress into roles within the game and sports industry.
“This event is part of a programme called South Asian Pathways in the professional game,” said Yoganathan. “At this event, I met a number of players in my position as a scholar at academies.
“I also got a meet players who have careers outside of football and to show that there are pathways if things don’t work out your respective clubs, however if things do go well and you are offered a professional contract the programme is there to help and support you throughout the journey.
“The CEO of Arsenal, Vinai Venkatesham, and the CEO of the PFA, Maheta Molango, both shared their experiences in the game. Overall, it was a good experience and definitely something that I hope to do in the future again.”