Diversityjobs.co.uk was proud to attend the Asian Football Awards 2013, which recognised the inspirational efforts of British Asians working in football, taking place at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening (8th October).
Among the big winners on the night were Swansea City and Wales defender Neil Taylor, Cardiff Cityâ€™s Kim Bo-Kyung, Tottenham doctor Shabaaz Mughal â€“who helped save the life of Bolton Wanderersâ€™ Fabrice Muamba when the player collapsed during the FA Cup quarter-final in March 2012 â€“ Brentford FC scout Manisha Tailor, Wigan Athletic FC scout Irfan Kawri and grassroots coach Bal Singh.
The Feyenoord and Norway midfielder Harmeet Singh won a Special Recognition honour, while highly rated teenager Yan Dhanda, aged just 14 and the first player of Indian origin ever to sign for Liverpool FC, won the Up and Coming award. A full list of winners is attached.
Speaking at the event, Batson said: â€œAsian football is in a great place. England are on the look out for talent. Talent is the only currency you need. We want to see young players coming through. There is an untapped pool of talent and we really need to exploit that.
â€œThe importance of these awards needs to be recognised at all levels. For every player fortunate to play at the elite end, they started at grass roots level. We need to support the development of grassroots football and increase the level of participation. This will help Asian football grow. We need to see greater numbers in the academies. We want those people involved in Asian football to progress to become charter standard clubs.â€
The Asian Football Awards (AFA) aim to improve the awareness of the positive impact made by Asians within the UK football industry and to engage with organisations and individuals to help increase participation levels.
AFA founder Baljit Rihal said: "I can proudly say that the Asian Football Awards has already encouraged more Asians to get involved in every aspect of the game, and will continue to do so. Our vision remains to support the growth of UK Asians in football."
Cross Cultural Media, the Marketing and sponsorship Agency for the event, added:
"We are proud to be so closely involved in this yearâ€™s Asian Football Awards. An event that celebrates British Asian achievement and participation at all levels of the national game. The awards are an inspiration to all who share a passion and love of Football. Well done to all the nominees."
Simon Ogborn and Alan Williams (Co-founders- Cross Cultural Media)
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