Shaheedee Football set to attract participants from across the country
More than 100 teams will gather for Shaheedee Football, one of the largest sports competitions in Britain, staged by the Walsall Asian Sports Association this weekend.
The event, which attracted 5,000 people from across the country last year, will take place at Aston University Playing Fields in Birmingham Road on Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26).
People are expected to attend in their droves again this year and will have the opportunity to see a Sikh heritage exhibition, charity fire walking for Khalsa Aid with a free fun fair, stalls and other activities.
Tally Singh, event co-organiser, said: “This is a national competition which attracts Asian teams from across the country that’s really gone from strength to strength”.
“We really hope people from all backgrounds come along to see for themselves some major sports talent that really helps put Walsall on the map.”
Cllr Zahid Ali, portfolio holder for public protection in the Walsall Council coalition, commented: “This is a marvellous occasion to celebrate sporting achievement and for the community to come together through sport.
“I’m pleased to see that Walsall Council is supporting the event through the Safer Walsall Partnership.”
The Birmingham FA has ensured that scouts nationwide have been informed, with a particular emphasis placed upon under 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s. West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all supporting the event.
A large range of media outlets including BBC Sport and ITV Central are set to be in attendance, and Baggies legend Brendan Batson will be joining satellite TV station Brit Asia and Raaj FM to provide coverage.
Entry is free, with local businesses and Sikh Temples funding the event. To take part in any capacity, please contact Sunny Johal on 07779 799983 or Lacky Bains on 07867 427 266.