I met Sab on a holiday football course in the summer of 1998. We immediately developed a friendship and working relationship based on respect, understanding and hard work. Throughout our journey together, we have held the belief that you can help everyone achieve their full potential. I began working with Salaam Peace in 2010. We were at a very early stage in our development, but I knew that our shared passion would allow us to develop something special. Throughout our years of working together, we have helped many to achieve success in education, employment and sports.
I was a sports editor with the BBC for over 30 years, involved in covering some of the biggest events in world sport. I left the BBC in June 2016 and am now a self-employed media consultant, lecturer and PR. I have been involved with Salaam Peace since 2012, when founder Sab Bham won BBC London’s Unsung Hero award. Since then, I have helped on the PR and publicity front and am now delighted to be part of the management structure.
I met Sab as a participant in 1999. Sab brought me onboard this outreach journey where I have been able to be a reference to inner city youths that they can aspire to be more than what society marginalises them to be. Through hard work and dedication, I have achieved my MSc from UCL in Telecommunication Engineering and currently I work at BT in the Business Transformation division. I am a father of three beautiful children and an amazing wife who keep me fired up and ready to go!!
I have been involved with Salaam Peace for over 10 years now, but met Sab in 2002 while he was in a different role, although equally passionate and influential. Initially I was often the only female at projects but was still made to feel as important and welcome as everyone else. I have volunteered and supported many initiatives over the years. Working with Salaam Peace and Sab helped build my foundation for my current role, to help others learn and develop. I have been in my current role as a Visual merchandiser and Education Manager for Converse UK & I for 2 years.
From an early age Sab was a mentor to me and taught me so much more than how to play sports, he showed me how to be a positive member of the community. Years later I became a volunteer and was given the opportunity to be part of something special. I gained the skills and knowledge needed to engage young people in positive social activity, promoting good health and wellbeing whilst breaking down barriers in the community. Today, I teach in Waltham Forest and I feel I am making the change in the community I want to see. As the curriculum leader I can continue the great work SP do, helping to open doors for young people that would otherwise be closed.
I have been involved with Salaam Peace for over a year now through City Dietitians. The weekly sessions have become a highlight of my week, providing an opportunity to be a part of the Salaam Peace family, get active and develop my skills as a dietitian. The invaluable experiences gained working with Salaam Peace, has improved my confidence and communication skills in delivering group education sessions, which I believe has helped me when working in a healthcare setting. I am excited to continue to work alongside the team and be able to witness the growth of the participants we work with.
I met Sab at Primary School in 2000. He was the first one to speak to me as a person and build my character that set me on the road to where we are now. Hard work has always been his message and our relationship has always been great. With a career in sport as a professional and international basketball player, it is an honour to work with the local young people that engage with Salaam Peace. I hope to use my journey to inspire many more and support Salaam Peace the way I was and still am.
At the Olympic Games 2012, I worked as a Handball Technical Officer, as well for Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme, British and England Handball Association and other sports academies across Europe. I worked with Sab during my community work in London, developing handball in BAME communities. This was a great experience, as I was born in Slovakia and got to meet people from many different cultures. Currently, I run my own charity for people with Parkinson’s Disease, called Pupalky- Civil Association. I aim to return to London to promote Handball during the next Olympic games with Salaam Peace.