Blind England international footballer, Azeem Amir, is aiming to help change perceptions about disability through his business.
The Rochdale born, 22-year-old, is delivering workshops through Learn With ESS (Education, Sport and Speaking) to address stigmas around disability and change perceptions through team building activities and away days.
Aimed at educational institutions, such as schools and colleges, professional and grassroots sports clubs, as well as corporate businesses, Learn With ESS, which Azeem launched in 2019 with the help of GC Business Growth Hub, aims to offer a unique life lasting experience.
Azeem and his team started successfully piloting his business last March in local schools and colleges and was due to launch before the pandemic hit.
Like many businesses, they switched to delivering online and over the last year more than 20 schools, football clubs and businesses nationally have benefitted from a virtual programme.
Now with restrictions easing and pupils returning to the classroom, several schools and organisations have already signed up for COVID-secure face-to-face workshops.
“Many people like myself who have overcome barriers in their lives can positively inspire and motivate others, so I thought, get these like-minded individuals and athletes together and develop it into a brand to change mindsets and create a more resilient and understanding nation,” Azeem said.
“Me and the coaches are really excited to formally launch Learn With ESS and my ambition is to have every school and grassroots sports team in the country signed up.”
Since Azeem started his business, he has partnered with the National Citizen Service to introduce his programme into English Football League Clubs and community trusts, including Blackburn Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Preston North-End, Salford City FC and Rochdale AFC.
He is in talks with the Football Association and other organisations about delivering the workshops internationally.
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