Q&A - My Redbridge: Francesco Zabotti assistant manager at Barkingside Football Club
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2018
Francesco Zabotti is the assistant manager at Barkingside Football Club - who are celebrating their 120th anniversary this year.
What is your connection with Redbridge?
I’ve lived in Redbridge for nearly 10 years after moving here from Italy and I am currently the assistant manager at Barkingside FC.
What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?
I’d say the diversity.
There are people from so many different walks of life and our team reflects that. We have players of so many different ethnicities and nationalities.
What one thing you would change about the borough?
I would like to seee more money invested in grassroots football in the borough, in order to give more opportunities to young people, develop their talent and provide them with a positive outlet.
Football gives many of the boys I work with a sense of team spirit and work ethic.
Use three words to describe the borough.
Community, vibrant, multi-cultural.
Who is the most inspiring person you know?
My three children, they inspire me to be a better person in every aspect of my life.
What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?
It’s not a law as such, but I would invest in more public services, such as the police, schools and NHS.
If you were the editor of this paper, what issue would you focus on?
I would focus on the lack of opportunities for young people.
Not only do they no longer have as many positive diversions due to funding cuts, they’re dealing with more expectations put upon them than ever before.
As a community we need to ensure that our young people can reach their full potential.