Diversity Football Festival 2nd Year Running

For the second consecutive year, the BAME Football Forum have bought Non-League football clubs together to celebrate diversity and the success of non-league clubs that are leading the way for Black and South Asian communities in terms of playing, managing, coaching, volunteering and operationally running clubs.

The event is used as a pre-season tournament with prominent BAME clubs that play Semi Professional in the National non-league structure. The event will take place on Saturday 2nd July at the University of Leicester playing fields on Stoughton Drive, Leicester, and will be attended by Football Governing bodies, Ex-professionals, Semi-professionals, and communities from across the Country.

This unique festival has found a place in the busy football environment that no one else has managed to fill. The year’s annual event will play host to 4 partner clubs – Leicester Nirvana (Leicester), Sporting Bengal (London), Punjab United (London) and Sporting Khalsa (Birmingham).

The main objectives of the festival is highlight the success of BAME clubs in the non-league/semi-professional leagues and to promote BAME Officials, Players, Coaches and Managers to wider audiences in a safe environment. A soon to be released survey report by the forum, has found that, of those who said discrimination of a racial kind in local football in their area was getting worse, 23% of those felt unsafe.

BFF Chair, Ivan Liburd said, “This is a great opportunity for football partners, communities, clubs, and supporters to align to a fantastic festival of football. We are already in talks with various football bodies to support next year’s event on a larger scale so that we can accommodate even more clubs. Which is what the festival deserves.”