Shayan Gazerin was three years old when the revolution happened in 1978 which changed Iranian lives forever.
While growing up during the Islamic Republic Regime and Iran being at war with Iraq for eight years, Shayan lived in fear with regular bomb raids and attacks throughout most of his childhood.
In December 2002 wanting to start a new life, aged 28, Shayan moved to England without knowing the language or culture.
But determined to learn the language, Shayan studied endlessly and eventually secured a sport coaching science degree at Newcastle College.
Now a British citizen and with numerous football coaching badges and grassroots team management positions under his belt, Shayan works hard to support other children and families moving to the area.
And one family who Shayan has helped is the Kakrash family who was forced to flee Iran to seek asylum in the UK to live peacefully and without persecution.
Shayan, who works as a Newcastle United Foundation coordinator, has been going above and beyond to welcome them to the North East.
As Jamal, 35, alongside his wife Sadat, 35, and two children Dyar, eight, and Sakar, three, could not speak English and the family struggled to integrate into their new home in Walker.
Staff at West Walker Primary School called on Shayan, who has previously supported non-English speaking students at the school, to help.
From registering Sakar a place at school to helping family install the school’s app for updates on classes and lessons during lockdown, Shayan supports the family with regular face time calls.
Shayan said: “It is always special to help people who are new to the region and to help them feel welcome and safe in their new home here.
“It can be very challenging and especially tough for children and young adults who can struggle to make friends in school or in their street if there is that added language barrier.”
“For Jamal and his family, I talk them through or explain things in Farsi – Iran’s first language – and help translate websites or online accounts that they’ll need into English.
“I make sure Jamal’s son Dyar communicates with his teacher through the school’s app that we installed for them and that his daughter’s school application is underway.
“West Walker can also ask me for any support they need with other Iranian families moving to the area. It is very important to me that everyone feels happy and safe in a new community and I am very proud to be part of that.”
As a School Project Officer at the Foundation, his role sees him leading PE lessons across a number of schools in the North East, developing agility, balance and coordination, as well as the principles of team games.
Liam Atkin, Newcastle United Foundation Senior Primary Schools Coordinator, said: “Everyone at the Foundation is incredibly proud of the work we do and Shayan is the perfect example of just how much we care about the people we support.
“Shayan is truly going above and beyond to help the Kakrash family, and we hope they feel at home here in the North East and know they will always have the Foundation there to give them any guidance they need.”
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