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Southall Football Club’s homecoming efforts have been given new impetus after Ealing Council launched a public consultation on the future of the Warren Farm sports centre.

QPR identified Warren Farm in Southall as the preferred site for a new training center over a decade ago before finally choosing to redevelop a 27-acre site near Heston purchased from Imperial Middle School.

The former grounds of Southall Football Club on Western Road were demolished 30 years ago to make way for council housing and since then the club, founded in 1871, has not played in Southall and home games are currently played at the house” Ashford Town in Stanwell.

Southall Football Club chairman Sanjeev Sharma said it was time to bring the historic football club home and ensure the local community has access to quality sports facilities.

“All of us at Southall Football Club are delighted and optimistic about the launch of Ealing Council’s online consultation on the future of Warren Farm Sports Centre, as this is another step forward for our 150 year old Southall based club,” said Sharma. News Sky Sport.

“Warren Farm used to be a football hub in west London but has been abandoned for a few years now. We believe this is an opportunity to bring Southall Football Club home, which will also help our diverse and predominantly South Asian community to excel in sports and really break down barriers.

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Dave Rainford, head of education and player care at the academy, praises the impact of the PFA mentoring scheme in Asia and says the Premier League will do more to try and increase the number of British South Asians playing at the elite level.

“Southall have not played at Southall since the early 1990s and share the stadium season after season. Our community in Southall lost and did not have access to adequate sports facilities. We hope the club’s supporters and the local community can create lasting memories again and we want future generations to have a healthy future.

“I personally have a lot of passion for this project because I played at a good level when I was younger and I hope the next generation can dream like me and achieve their goals. Southall FC is owned by the Southall Company, which is the beating heart of the South Asian community in West London. »

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Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari says action is needed to improve British representation of South Asia in football.

Southall FC said the dialogue with Ealing Council was positive and ongoing and the club encouraged people to take part in a public consultation to express their opinion.

Southall has a number of former players who have won all international honours, including current QPR director of football Les Ferdinand, former West Ham midfielder Alan Devonshire and former Manchester United winger Gordon Hill.

Atwal impresses Southall youth

A young footballer from Essex poses with freestyler Kaljit Atwal (right).
A promising young soccer player poses with freestyle soccer player Kaljit Atwal (right)

Football freestyler Kaljit Atwal joined Kira Rai from Derby and Milly Chandarana from Blackburn. Seeing is believing women’s community football event in Southall.

Bavaria-born Atwal wowed the youth with stunts, films and an abundance of nutmeg at an event hosted by West London’s Indian Gymkhana multi-sport club at the Featherstone Sports Centre.

The trio held skills development sessions alongside Arsenal sports scientist Nav Singh, Brentford footballer Harpreet Heer and Gymkhana coaches at a free event. role models in the game.

Sky Sports and Sporting Equals have developed Seeing is Believing women’s soccer pilot for the centuries-old Gymkhana sports club in west London to encourage greater participation of South Asian women in the game.

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England manager Gareth Southgate hailed the push for greater representation of Asian football when he appeared alongside Leicester’s Hamza Chowdhury and Manchester United star Zidane Iqbal in a series of videos from AF.

Sky has teamed up with Sporting Equals to support one of the charity’s ambitions of providing more opportunities for South Asian Britons in football.

Punjabi spurs and villans go to Villa Park for an eye can

Support groups Punjabi Spurs and Punjabi Villans have joined forces for a charity walk from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to Villa Park to support people living with visual loss.

The groups have raised more than £2,500 for charity Eye Can before embarking on the 120-mile hiking trip from north London to Birmingham on Monday.

“This will be our way to support Eye Can’s goals and help raise awareness of the support available to people living with vision loss,” the Punjabi Spurs and Punjabi Villans said in a joint statement.

“We hope to encourage and promote healthy lifestyle choices and positive action through this hike. »

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Arjan Raicha’s success in Aston Villa’s FA Youth Cup campaign has made young South Asians believe they can also excel in football, says Punjabi Villans co-founder Ricky Cheema.

They were sent on their way by former Spurs and Aston Villa winger David Ginola and former Tottenham captain Ledley King. Villa will host Spurs in the Premier League on Saturday and the teams should arrive at Villa Park in time for kickoff.

Khan to headline Leyton Orient Network event

Signed in January, Otis Khan will join a panel of decision makers and practitioners when Leyton Orient hosts a South Asian Football Network event on Monday.

The free event at the Breyer Group Stadium in the heart of East London will be hosted by Paul Kirton of Grassroots Football UK and Soccer Social LDN in collaboration with the Fans for Diversity campaign.

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Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett says the South Asian voice is absolutely essential in football.

The Fans for Diversity campaign is a joint initiative of the Football Fans Association and Kick It Out, whose CEO Tony Burnett will also be speaking.

Other confirmed panellists include FA board member Rupinder Baines, West Ham academy coach Rashid Abba, QPR assistant director of training Manisha Taylor and Maidstone manager Hakan Hatteirin United.

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Riz Rehman says it takes less talk and more action to increase the number of South Asian players making the transition.

The event includes Q&A sessions and will provide opportunities to connect with people ranging from grassroots football to professional football and the boardroom. After sunset, guests will also be offered iftar, which falls on the holy month of Ramadan.

Sky and Sporting Equals team up for South Asian Brits in football

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Sky Sports has announced a partnership with Sporting Equals to inspire British South Asians into football.

Last month, Sky Sports announced a partnership with Sporting Equals to support one of the charity’s ambitions of providing more opportunities for South Asian Britons in football.

The partnership is based on a shared desire to help solve the problem of underrepresentation by removing some of the barriers affecting the participation and development of British talent in South Asian football, especially in women’s football.

active life survey data consistently show that South Asian women are the least physically active group in the country, with only 0.3% of players in English women’s football’s top flight, the FA Women’s Super League, coming from the British South Asian community.

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Take a look at our report on British South Asians in the English game.

In the future, Sky and Sporting Equals will work together to raise awareness and educate the public on this issue, working with other stakeholders to create opportunities for talent development and support participation in the game.

Jonathan Licht, CEO of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports is proud to offer a platform to help open up more opportunities for the South Asian community to get involved in football.

“Together we strive for greater equality in sport, and as Europe’s largest sports broadcaster, we are well positioned to highlight underrepresentation in the game and use our platforms to drive change in this space.

“Building on the excellent work done by Sky Sports News over the past year, the partnership with Sporting Equals is another step in our quest to ensure that all viewers feel represented by our content. »

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The chief executive of Sporting Equals says helping South Asian female players with elite potential to succeed will inspire the next generation of players in the community.

Sporting Equals CEO Arun Kang OBE said: “Sporting Equals is delighted to partner with Sky on this important work, which is an important step towards engaging and celebrating South Asian football communities, breaking down old and negative stereotypes to inspire the next generation of footballers, coaches and administrators.

“It is important to highlight viable role models, which we will do with this project by introducing women football ambassadors, especially women from South Asia, in public places. With the support of Sky, through this partnership, we will strive to address these issues and showcase the true ability of South Asians in football. »

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