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Southall FC’s homecoming efforts gained momentum after Ealing Council launched a public debate about the future of Warren Farm Sports Center.

More than a decade ago, QPR identified Warren Farm in Southall as the preferred location to build a new education center before choosing to redevelop a 27-acre site near Heston purchased from Imperial Middle School.

Southall FC’s former Western Road ground was demolished 30 years ago to make room for council residences, and the club, which was founded in 1871, has not played for Southall since and home matches are now played at Ashford Town’s home in Stanwell.

Southall FC chairman Sanjeev Sharma said the time has come to bring the historic football club home and give locals access to quality sports facilities.

“All of us at Southall Football Club are happy and optimistic about the opening of the Ealing Council’s online advisory on the future of Warren Farm Sports Centre, as this is one more step towards the return of our 150-year-old club to Southall,” said Sharma. Sky Sports News.

“Warren Farm used to be a football hub in the west of London but has been abandoned for several years. We believe this is an opportunity to bring Southall FC home which will help our diverse and predominantly South Asian community succeed in the sport and truly break barriers. .

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Dave Rainford, head of training and player care at the Academy, commends the impact of the PFA’s Asian inclusion mentoring plan and says the Premier League will do more to help increase the number of British South Asians playing at the elite level.

“Southall FC have not played for Southall since the early 1990s and share the pitch on a season-by-season basis. Our community in Southall lost and did not have access to adequate sports facilities. We hope that club fans and the local community will once again create lasting memories, and we want future generations to have a healthy future.

“I personally feel great passion for this project because I played at a good level when I was young and I hope the next generation can dream and achieve their goals like me. Southall FC is owned by Southall, the beating heart of the South Asian Community in West London.”

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Southall FC said the dialogue with Ealing Council was positive and ongoing, and the club encouraged people to participate in the public consultation to express their views.

Southall FC have a number of former players who have won full international awards with England, including Les Ferdinand, current QPR football director, former West Ham midfielder Alan Devonshire and former Manchester United winger Gordon Hill.

Atwal Southall impresses his youth

A young Essex football player poses with freestyle football player Kaljit Atwal (right)
Enthusiastic young footballer posing with freestyle football player Kaljit Atwal (right)

Freestyle soccer player Kaljit Atwal joins Derby’s Kira Rai and Blackburn’s Millie Chandarana. seeing is believing Women’s community football event in Southall.

Born in Bavaria, Atwal wowed the youth attending the event organized by West London multi-sport club Indian Gymkhana at the Featherstone Sports Center with a multitude of tricks, movies and coconuts.

At the free event, the trio held skills sessions with Arsenal sports scientist Nav Singh, Brentford B-team footballer Harpreet Heer and Gymkhana coaches – traveling with parents as far as Essex and Kent, meeting their children and giving them the opportunity to build their confidence. role models are in the game.

Sky Sports and Sporting Equals designed the Believe to See women’s soccer pilot project for the century-old west London sports club Gymkhana, which aims to encourage greater participation of South Asian women in the game.

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

Sky teamed up with Sporting Equals to support one of the charity’s goals to provide British South Asians with more opportunities in football.

Punjabi Spurs and Villans travel to Villa Park for Eye Can

The Punjabi Spurs and Punjabi Villans fan groups joined forces for a charity march from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to Villa Park to support people with vision loss.

The groups raised more than £2500 for the Eye Can charity before embarking on the 120-mile journey from north London to Birmingham on Monday.

“This will be our way of supporting the causes of the Eye Can and helping to raise awareness of the support available for people with vision loss,” Punjabi Spurs and Punjabi Villans said in a joint statement. Said.

“With this walk, we hope to encourage and encourage healthy lifestyle choices and positive action.”

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Punjabi Villans co-founder Ricky Cheema says Arjan Raikhy’s success in Aston Villa’s FA Youth Cup campaign has convinced young South Asians that they can be successful in football, too.

They were sent on their way by former Spurs and Aston Villa winger David Ginola and former Tottenham captain Ledley King. Villa host the Spurs in the Premier League on Saturday and the groups must arrive at Villa Park in time for kick-off.

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Otis Khan, who signed in January, will join a panel of game-wide decision makers and enforcers when Leyton Orient hosts the South Asian Football Network event on Monday.

The free event at Breyer Group Stadium in east London will be hosted by Grassroots Football UK and Soccer Social LDN’s Paul Kirton, along with the Fans for Diversity campaign.

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The Fans for Diversity campaign is a joint venture between the Football Fans Association and Kick It Out, with CEO Tony Burnett also speaking.

Other confirmed panelists include FA board member Rupinder Bains, West Ham academy advisor Rashid Abba, QPR deputy director of training Manisha Tailor and Maidstone manager Hakan Hatteyrin United.

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The event includes Q&A sessions and will provide networking opportunities with a variety of people, from grassroots football to professional football to the boardroom. With the event, which coincides with the month of Ramadan, guests will also be offered an iftar dinner after sunset.

Sky and Sporting Equals team up in football for British South Asians

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Sky Sports has announced a partnership with Sporting Equals to create more opportunities for British South Asians in football.

Sky Sports announced last month that it has partnered with Sporting Equals to support one of the charity’s goals of providing more opportunities in football for British South Asians.

The partnership stems from a shared desire to help overcome underrepresentation by addressing some of the barriers affecting the participation and advancement of British talents in South Asian football, particularly women’s football.

active lives Survey data has consistently shown that South Asian women are the least physically active group in the country, with only 0.3% of players in the FA Women’s Super League, the top division of English women’s football, from the British South Asian community.

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In the future, Sky and Sporting Equals will work together to raise awareness and educate the public, 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 inspire more opportunities for the South Asian community to get involved in football.

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

“Building on the excellent work done by Sky Sports News last year, the partnership with Sporting Equals is the next step in our commitment to making all viewers feel represented by our content. »

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The CEO of Sporting Equals said that helping South Asian female football players with the potential to succeed will inspire the next generation of players in the community.

Arun Kang OBE, CEO of Sporting Equals, said: “Sporting Equals is pleased to partner with Sky in this important work, an important step towards involving and celebrating South Asian communities in football, by breaking down old and negative stereotypes to inspire a new generation of football players, coaches and managers.

“It is critical to highlight the viable role models we will build through this project by promoting women’s soccer ambassadors, particularly South Asian women, in community settings. Through this partnership, with the support of Sky, we will try to solve these problems and show the true talent of South Asians in football. »

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