Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy


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, 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 will open soon)






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,


BEDSA 2017 Nomination Entry

Award Category Connecting Communities
Sport Football
Reason For Nomination Football festivals are common place, but one event that took place in West London was unique and through the power of sport brought two communities together.
On a bright mild Saturday morning in December a festival of football took place at the superb Indian Gymkhana in West London. A series of friendly matches were delivered for age groups from under 8s through to under 16s, with 100+ young players enjoying the competition.
The Indian Gymkhana Club celebrated its centenary year in 2016 and is the largest and longest-standing multiracial Sports Club in the United Kingdom. It has a rich history and is well respected, for competing in various sports and developing talented sports men and women along the way. It can attract 500 sports men and women from the mainly Sikh and Hindu communities each weekend.
Fifteen miles away in North London, the Stanmore Jafferys sports department plan and deliver a range of sports for its Muslim community. Recently their focus has been the creation of a brand-new football academy (SJFA) for their youth.
Since its inception just under a year ago the academy has, 250+ registered boys ranging from the ages of 6-16 managed by 30 in-house volunteer coaches, and are looking to develop their players by arranging more competitive matches and the goal is to be part of a local football league.
SJFA are also in the process to form a formal structure for 17-21 year old boys as that is one of the most vulnerable age groups that tend to be lost to social distractions.
Despite being in its infancy SJFA is now a role model to the rest of the community in terms of youth football development and they are already assisting other communities to replicate this successful model.
Indian Gymkhana and Stanmore Jafferys were introduced through Sporting Equals and together began to plan a festival of football to be hosted at the superb Indian Gymkhana venue. Football brought the three faiths together and as a result players developed new respect and friendships with players from other communities. Matches were all competitive and coaches and parents were all delighted with the outcome. The clubs are dedicated in involving as many female players as possible. So much so that a special game for the girls was organised. Involving girls that had had never played football until this year. Both clubs are also looking for more, like minded organisations from different backgrounds so that several football festivals can take place each year, with each club taking it in turn to host. The groups are now planning an annual event and exploring how to introduce a community awareness element into them.
Parminder Gill from the Indian Gymkhana said, “It was a fantastic football festival. Stanmore Jafferys coaches and players are a credit to their organisation. Playing football the correct way and being positive in their comments to the children regardless of what team they were on. We look forward to having a positive long term relationship”.
Shafique Govani from the Stanmore Jafferys added, “On behalf of Stanmore Jafferys I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for today’s fantastic arrangement and event. It was indeed an honour and pleasure to attend as your guests and receive the hospitality par excellence. The games were very balanced and played in a very positive spirit. Your set up and facilities are impressive to say the least and a role model for the Asian communities across UK. Looking forward to future bilateral arrangements and next time we will meet up in Stanmore”.