WHO ARE YA? Amar Shah, World Cup Legends

Image1.  Who are ya?
Amar Shah, born and bred in the North West, currently living in the East Midlands, working in London.
2.  Who do you support?
Manchester United (insert first sarcastic response that comes to mind here!)
3.  What was your first game?
I think it was in the late 90s, a Champions League match (unfortunately I had to become an adult before I could actually get to my first live game, before that the stadium tour was as good as it got for me!).  It was a routine win for United and I remember Solskjaer getting on the score sheet.  Those were better times!
4.  What do you do for a job?
Work Life
 – Work in the banking industry specialising in Risk Management
Personal Life
 – Creator of the World Cup Legends project (www.wclegends.com)
 – Voluntary fundraiser for various charities
 – Voluntary football coach (FA Level 2 qualified)
5.  Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
I’m afraid I wasn’t good enough as a kid to make the grade on the football pitch, but that didn’t stop me playing.
In one of my previous work roles I supported the commercial team by hosting overseas competition winners and suppliers as part of our corporate relationship with Manchester United.  It involved visiting United’s training complex at  Carrington and taking part in player Q&As, coordinating stadium tours and corporate hospitality on match days.
Most recently, my World Cup Legends project has brought me into contact with a number of clubs such as FC Bayern Munich, Manchester City FC and the Spanish National Team.
6.  How did you get into it?
World Cup Legends:
When I was a kid, I had a dream of collecting World Cup match balls and one day meeting my World Cup heroes.  A few years ago I got hold of a World Cup ball collection from 1970-2010 and so I started to see if I could make the dream a reality and I succeeded.  24 World Cup winners from the past 40 years signed up, from Pele to Xavi.
So far I’ve raised c.£2000 for charities through my project – www.justgiving.com/teams/wclchallenge
7.  What do you get out of it?
A great buzz and sense of achievement!  I love football and if there’s an opportunity to combine that passion with helping others then I’m there whenever possible.  I’ve also learned some great skills through my project too, such as web development and social media marketing.
8. What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
I try to apply the same advice in the work place and in my personal projects, that is ‘work smart, think smart’.  There’s no bigger advocate/stumbling block to what you can achieve than yourself.  Oh and talk to people.  A lot!
9.  If you could do it all again what would you change?
I wish I’d got into the football industry when I was younger and possibly took a study path which would’ve increased my chances of getting into the industry.  I’m currently considering the possibility of a career switch from banking to football but its not going to be easy!
10.  Who’s your footballing hero?
Diego Armando Maradona, the hero/villain of my first World Cup memories as a kid, Mexico 86.
Twitter – @worldcuplegends
Many thanks, Amar. All the best with the plans for the exhibition.