The British Asians in Sport & Physical Activity (BASPA) Summit will take place at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday 23rd November 2018.

British Asian communities are still invisible in professional sport, in fact, in all areas of sport from qualified coaches, senior management and in the boardrooms of sport. At the Summitt we will explore some of the key issues and challenges facing British Asians in sport and physical activity. We will share our latest research and insights, create debate and identify solutions to tackle underrepresentation in elite level sport, coaching, the workforce and inactivity. Whilst it's important to see greater representation in professional sport, it's also vital that all communities engage in physical activity/sport. Sport England's 'Active Lives' survey recently revealed that British Asians are least active compared to the wider population. With record high levels of obesity in the UK, the ramifications of this lack of activity is becoming more apparent. There are important health implications with South Asians being six times more likely to have type 2 diabetes.

We hope the outcome from this event will encourage decision makers to commit to actions generated from roundtable discussions and therefore make an impact across the sport and physical activity sector. 

Key Panelists and Speakers include:

Caroline Fraser, Director of Workforce - Sport England
Preet Gill, MP 

Zuby Hamard, Sport Activity & Development Manager - Bradford Council

Naseem Akhtar, Project Manager - Saheli Hub

Jug Johal, Chairman - Asian Sports Foundation

Ash Rai, CEO -  Sandwell Leisure Trust

Dal Dhaliwal, Health & Wellbeing Expert

Butch Fazal, Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager - The FA

Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching - Sport England

Rashida Salloo, Director/Founder –  Ready Steady Active

Craig Blain, Development Lead Physical Activity - UK Coaching

Ranjit Sandhu, Wrestling and Hockey Coach

John Williams, Associate Professor in Sociology -  University of Leicester

Harleen Kaur, World Silver Medallist

Kash Gill, World Champion Professional Kickboxer

Gulfraz Riaz, Chairman - National Asian Cricket Council

Alexandra Alexander, Head of Talent Inclusion - Sport England

Minahil Zahoor, Diverse Communities Officer - Warwickshire Cricket Board

Abu Nasir, CEO - GSV Sports Management & Consultatnt - FA Permier League, Football Development

Researchers from Leeds Beckett University




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