Diversity Football Festival
The BAME Football Forum (BFF) have launched their inaugural ‘Non-League Diversity Football Event’ for non-league clubs playing in the football pyramid system, that are leading the way for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in terms of playing, managing, coaching, volunteering and operationally running clubs.
The event is being held on Saturday 3rd July 2021 from 12 noon onwards at the Steve Cook Stadium Gravesend DA12 5ND and is part of the BFF’s long term strategy A Quest for Change to be Empowering, Representative, Diverse and Inclusive. Following the inaugural event there are plans to grow the concept year on year with other clubs across the non-league pyramid and partners being invited. The event is being supported by The Football Association (FA), Kick it Out – the Fans for Diversity project and Kent FA.
The first 4 partner clubs are Leicester Nirvana, Sporting Bengal, Punjab Utd and Sporting Khalsa. These clubs are well established non-league semi-professional sides that play at Step 5 and above, with Sporting Khalsa just being promoted to Step 4. The 4 clubs will play a mini tournament on the day with fans and sponsors (COVID restrictions allowing) present to make the day as colourful and purposeful as possible.
The purpose of the event is to ensure that those outside of the professional game are aware that other opportunities exist and that work is being done at a grass roots level that supports and complements the work of national partners.
Councillor Kirk Master, BFF Ambassador said, “It has been a few years coming but we’ve finally got to deliver the BAME Football Forum inaugural event. This event is crucial to continue to demonstrate that the BAME communities play a huge role in football from grass roots right thorough to the professional game. This is only the beginning of this Diversity event, it is destined to become a big part of the grassroots calender.”