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Meet The Manager – Farooq from Barkingside

This week, in our Meet The Manager series we are travelling to Barkingside to speak to the fantastic Farooq.

How long have you worked for us?

Six years but I had a break for three months in between.

How long have you been a manager?

I’ve been a GM for two years.

What’s the best thing about your club?

We’ve got a local family feel. It’s totally a community club where everyone knows everyone.

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened while you’ve been a manager?

While I was at Tooting I established a food market which became high profile. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, even promoted it.

Why should people come to your club?

We have a great environment, extraordinary team members who live and breath bingo and, best of all, a better chance of winning than any other club in East London.

What are your favourite hobbies?

Having a 10-month-old son I like to play a simple game called “get some sleep”.

Hamster sized hippo or hippo sized hamster?

Hippo sized hamster. It would be great to ride around on its back and entertain my son at the same time.

What’s your biggest fear?

I don’t really have one.

What’s your karaoke song?

I Want to Break Free by Queen.

What’s your hidden talent?

I like to sketch.

If you could be on any TV show what would it be and why?

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?

Star Trek, sadly.

Thanks for answering our questions Farooq, now quick, get some shut eye while you can!

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