4 non-League groups rooted within the South Asian group received pre-season underway on the weekend with a singular pleasant event.
Leicester Nirvana, Sporting Bengal United and Sporting Khalsa gathered on the Steve Cook dinner Stadium – residence of Punjab United Gravesend – for the Non-League Variety Soccer Pageant, supported by the Kent FA, the Soccer Supporters’ Affiliation, Kick It Out, the Soccer Affiliation and charity accomplice Cohesion Plus.
Conventional Indian drummers Kings of Dhol led all 4 squads onto the pitch, with the nation’s most recognisable Sikh MP, Tan Dhesi, delivering the opening speech earlier than the round-robin event received underway.
The perimeters performed three 60-minute matches with Leicester Nirvana taking over Northern Premier League facet Sporting Khalsa within the ultimate on the principle pitch.
Nirvana began life as Crimson Star Leicester again within the Eighties and are the oldest of the 4 groups, who’ve greater than 100 years of soccer historical past between them.
Sporting Khalsa play one stage above Nirvana at Step 4 (the eighth tier of English soccer), and are celebrating 30 years as a soccer membership this season. They ran out 3-1 winners within the ultimate sport to elevate the trophy.
Punjab United Gravesend membership secretary Jindi Banwait advised Sky Sports activities Information: “This was a implausible occasion for our membership to be concerned in, competing in opposition to a few of the greatest South Asian groups within the nation, all of whom have variety all through their golf equipment.
“We had 4 full squads of gamers and a very good turnout with the Lord Mayor and MPs additionally in attendance. There isn’t a doubt occasions like it will encourage different golf equipment and different gamers from South Asian backgrounds – particularly in and round Essex and right here in Kent – to get extra concerned in soccer.
“I hope we are able to construct on this success subsequent 12 months and broaden the event to incorporate Smethwick Rangers, Albion Sports activities and different South Asian semi-pro groups throughout the nation. It is essential all of us transfer ahead collectively.”
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