Former professional footballer, best known for his winning streak at Tottenham Hotspurs, Jermaine Jenas is a sporting star that needs no introduction. The international player has made an influential impact on the pitch and beyond, becoming a popular pundit and television personality in his retirement. With such an established platform, Jermaine has used his position to speak out on what it means to be a successful Black role model, combating racism across industries and supporting the next generation, all areas he has first-hand experience in.
A mainstay in the Premier League for many years, he is recognised for the eight years he spent with Tottenham playing for the North London club on more than 200 occasions. During this time, he was part of Spurs’ iconic League Cup winning team which overcame Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium in 2008. Equally prominent as an international player, Jermaine represented England on 21 occasions, gaining himself the title of PFA Young Player of the Year following his debut for the side I 2003.
Having travelled extensively with the sport, Jermaine has had mixed experiences with fans and the public alike. Often finding himself the subject of awful racist abuse, including being the focus of monkey chants, Jermaine has become an outspoken advocate for greater inclusion in sports. As a successful Black male, Jermaine has been influential in being a role model to the next generation, proving resilience, determination and hard work will reap the rewards.
Since retiring, Jermaine has remained in the spotlight, as a pundit on ITV Sports, and BT as well as recently co-presenting The One Show. Outside of his media work, Jermaine is a sought-after speaker, able to bring representation to discussions surrounding race, discrimination and diversity in sports. Armed with his personal experiences, Jermaine supports corporate clients in adopting inclusive policies for their BAME employees and changing their culture.