Jermaine Jenas is a former professional footballer who is best known for his time representing Tottenham, Newcastle and England. Now he is one of the most recognisable TV pundits who can regularly be found on the likes of BT Sport, ITV Sport and Match of the Day offering analysis on some of the biggest football matches in the UK and Europe. Now, he is a highly sought-after diversity and inclusion speaker who can offer a unique insight into the life of a professional footballer while also discussing hard-hitting issues such as racism and discrimination.
Jermaine is perhaps best-known for his eight years spent playing for Tottenham Hotspur. Representing the club on more than 200 occasions, he was part of the team’s magnificent League Cup victory in 2008. Jermaine played a vital role as Spurs defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. His excellent performances in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield meant he was noticed by the national team. Previously making his Three Lions debut in 2003, he went on to become a regular under Fabio Cappello.
Jermaine’s football career has been nothing short of remarkable, however, becoming a standout in one of the most competitive games in the world wasn’t his only challenge. Faced with racism due to his Afro-Caribbean heritage, Jermaine was the target of abuse on multiple occasions whilst representing the nation team in Europe. Determined to use his prominence to stand up against discrimination, Jermaine has spoken publicly about the issue and supported the PFA #Enough campaign against racism in sport and beyond.
Since retiring from football in 2014 Jermaine has gone on to become a highly respected football pundit. His expert insight and knowledge of the inner workings of the game has made him a hit with audiences but it isn’t just sport’s broadcasting where he’s made an impact. Jermaine has also become a popular television personality. He’s a regular host of The One Show and also appeared on the likes of Richard Osman’s House of Games and Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel. As well as this he hosted the documentary Teenage Knife Wars. Focusing on his hometown of Nottingham he examined knife crime in the city and relived an incident where he was once robbed at knifepoint.
When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker Jermaine can talk about his personal experiences of racism and the need for greater diversity and inclusion across industries. Whether it’s on the pitch or in the boardroom, audiences of Jermain’s talks adopt his zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and instead focus on implementing diverse strategies.