About AFN’s Director: Kuljit Randhawa
Kuljit Randhawa is Director of the Asian Football Network, which he founded in 2003. He has been passionate about football for over 30 years, and actively involved in grassroots football and sports development for the past 15 years. With his specific areas of interest being tackling inequality and social exclusion within minority ethnic communities in the UK.
His career in football began in1998 as a voluntary coach for West Ham United Football Club. He then went on to project manage one of the first Active Community Development Funds – a Sport England project targeting Asian engagement in sport in East London. It was during this time that Kuljit established his reputation as a forerunner in the field of sport and equality. He was asked to sit on the inangural FA’s Race Equality Advisory Board in 2006. In 2006 he was invited to represent the work of the AFN at the House of Commons All Party Football Review by the Football Foundation as an example of best practice. He also developed a strong and lasting partnership with Brighton University, a collaboration which has produced groundbreaking research on Asian football supporters.
More recently he has co-authored on a new book entitled ‘Race, Equality and Football: Persisting Debates and Emergent Issues’. In his chapter ‘Marrying Passion with Professionalism: Examining the Future of British Asian Football’ Kuljit uses his position at the forefront of grassroots football development to document contemporary issues relating to participation by British Asian communities.
On a day-to-day basis Kuljit responds to numerous enquiries from Asian men and women of all ages wanting to get involved in football as supporters, players and coaches. Through the AFN he provides an invaluable resource that provides practical help and support.
Kuljit continues to work closely with all of the key stakeholders in this field of work including the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football Foundation, to bring about partnership-led positive change.