Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy: BEDSA 2017 FINALIST

On behalf of the Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy, I am honoured to inform the community of SJFA’s selection as finalist for the BEDSA 2017 Awards.

The basis for the nomination was the December 2016 bilateral football event with Indian Gymkhana, bringing together children and parents from the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim Communities.

Unity and Respect are two cornerstones in both clubs’ philosophies where these events act as practical illustration and execution. This mini-festival was well received amongst the young members strengthening their appreciation and respect of other faiths and communities.

The BEDSA selection is for the ‘Connecting Communities Award’ and whilst it is for the external connection, it would not have been possible without the internal connection. The strong bond within the SJFA team – management, coaches, players, parents – is exceptional, forming the foundation for external relationships.

Inspired by the outcome, the two organisations have decided to build on and arrange further events where memories, experiences and expertise can be shared. SJFA will reciprocate and host the games at the Hive on Saturday 4th March 2017.

We have reached this stage with the support of the whole community and I am here humbly requesting this to be maintained all the way through the final stage in form of your vote in the public voting process.

With Salams & Duas
Shafique Govani
Head of SJFA

Vote for SJFA: (public voting for this category is open)

British Ethnic Minority Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) celebrates sporting excellence within BAME communities and helps inspire the next generation. BEDSA is our flagship project which helps celebrate the contributions made by BAME communities and drive change in the sector creating role models and recognising the hard work, dedication and talent on and off the field of play.

The BEDSA Aims:

  • Increase BAME participation across sport at all levels (from playing fields to the Boardrooms)
  • Celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities
  • Drive change in sector – more role models from more communities in more sports
  • Reward and showcases sporting achievement
  • Stimulate interest in sports and unearth talent
  • Inspire the next generation of ‘Future Champions”

The third annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and will be attended by over 800 guests. Awards will be handed out to the winners by celebrities. BEDSA Ambassadors include Denise Lewis, Christine Ohuruogu, Chris Ramsey, Moeen Ali, Mark Ramprakash and BEDSA have been supported by Lewis Hamilton, Frank Bruno, James Degale. Kriss Akabusi. The award categories that can be voted on by the public include;

  • Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person of the Year
  • Armed Forces Unsung Hero Award
  • England Athletics Coach of the Year
  • Sport England Community Sports Project
  • UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year
  • Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year
  • Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year
  • Spirit 2012 Connecting Communities Award
  • MIND Wellbeing Award

PUBLIC VOTING IS NOW OPEN, for further details on how to vote visit,