ALAN ZHENG-PHOON LAU
Founder & Chairman
"Like many children, my dream as a kid was to play football for England! There was always a barrier in Traditional Chinese and Asian culture where academic excellence was encouraged more. Times have changed with the second and third generation immigrants in the UK and I feel that we should be creating the space and perception that football, and others sports, is not only a viable vocation but also helps with health and well-being, as well as helping culturally and integration in society."
Alan has been a keen footballer all his life, playing in amateur leagues in the UK and abroad and has an FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. He also holds roles as a FA Community Champion (Diversity & Inclusion) and FA EDI Community of Practice Ambassador (Grassroots).
He has also won the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust; Equality Champion 2023 and set up ESEA Hornets, a East and South East Asian Watford supporters group to encourage more people to engage in football fandom.