‘Special cultural revolution’: Who is Shareen Qureshi, businesswoman pictured at St. James’ Park?
Ms Qureshi called on more families and women to visit St. James’ Park
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A Newcastle businesswoman has shared the story of her 'cultural revolution' trip to St. James' Park to watch Newcastle United play Liverpool last weekend.
Shareen Qureshi is a Market Development Director at Barclays and the founder and CEO of SportsTech Global Conference.
Ms Qureshi grew up in Newcastle and recalls driving past the iconic stadium as a young girl, but never attended a match.
As a schoolgirl, she attended Gosforth High School before moving on to Northumbria University to study Psychology, Banking and Financial Support Services.
Last Saturday, the businesswoman took the steps into St. James' Park for the first time, pictured taking in the Premier League clash between Eddie Howe's side and title-chasers Liverpool.
Writing on LinkedIn afterwards, Ms Qureshi labelled the visit a "lifetime moment" and explained the cultural importance of the trip.
She wrote: "This is a lifetime moment. For a young girl who grew up in Newcastle and yet never attended a local match. (That’s me)
"I maybe the voice for thousands in my local communities. Extra special cultural revolution today. A date in history. 01/05/2022.
"I was raised and educated in Newcastle. Walked/drove past st James Park millions of times over three decades, never made it inside the club. For reasons beyond my control.
"I travelled from London for this wonderful occasion. It was an honour to be invited at the chairman/woman suite. Although I was fasting. It was an excellent experience. Also met my good friends Zoë Hingston LLB and others.
"I had tears of joy for two reasons. One it was the inaugural event and Newcastle women team did brilliantly.
"Secondly I witnessed a change of wave. The stands were full. I would encourage families and women from all backgrounds to experience a beautiful professional game. Here’s to my city fans, my friends & family."