Fans For Diversity campaign supports Punjabi Spurs Diwali celebration
The Fans For Diversity campaign supported the official launch of the Punjabi Spurs Supporters Group ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s fixture dedicated to Kick It Out on Saturday 14 October.
Punjabi Spurs, Tottenham Hotspur’s first British-Asian Official Supporters’ Club, were set up thanks to the Fans For Diversity fund, which is run in partnership by Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation.
Ahead of their Premier League game against Bournemouth, Tottenham took part in a range of activities celebrating the annual cultural festival of Diwali, engaging with the South Asian community around Wembley and promoting inclusion for fans of all backgrounds.
Tottenham have fully embraced the new supporters group, which aims to celebrate diversity within the north London club’s global fan base and welcome fans from all backgrounds.
Following its successful launch, Punjabi Spurs will be delivering a coaching clinic for young people in the Punjab region of India next year with the help of Spurs legends Clive Allen and Micky Hazard.
Its chairman, Josh Sandhu, introduced a Spurs-themed Diwali performance from VP Bhangra – a renowned Punjabi dance troupe that has performed at events including the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony – during the half-time interval.
The Diwali celebrations continued into last week with Tottenham ambassador and club legend Ledley King welcomed as a special guest at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple’s Diwali event in Southall. King took a tour of the iconic temple, meeting many Spurs fans in attendance and serving food in the kitchen.
The Club also sponsored Wembley’s festive lights this year that were switched on by King, alongside representatives from Brent Council, last Friday (20 October) to mark Diwali and remain throughout the Christmas period until the New Year.
Meanwhile, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will next month launch a health and inclusion programme in partnership with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, commonly known as Neasden Temple, and its community groups.
The programme will provide activities and awareness, including health checks and a 10-week weight management course, to inspire young people and adults that visit the Temple to lead healthier lifestyles.
It is in response to research showing that people from south Asian communities living in the UK are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes compared with people from white European backgrounds, with conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease also more prevalent.
From: Tottenham Hotspur