Pierluigi Gentile, founder of Lega Italia, commented: “We are looking forward to our UK visit and thank BARA for making it happen. We hope to participate in another close, exciting game of Rugby League.”
Former England, Leeds and Featherstone Rugby League professional Ikram Butt who founded BARA 12 years ago commented: “We were treated like kings last year in Rome and again earlier this year as guests of Lega Italia when we discussed the White Ribbon Campaign and interfaith initiatives with the Pope at the Vatican.“We hope to return the compliment and provide a competitive match for the Italian squad who are representing a fast growing governing body that is becoming the standard bearer for the 13-a-side code.''
Dr Muhammad Asim MBE, who was part of the delegation to meet the Pope at the Vatican will host the Italians at the Award winning Makkah mosque, commented, ''During my visit to the Vatican, I talked to the Pope about using sports to connect with young people. BARA and Italian Rugby League both aspire to use the power of rugby to create safe, inclusive programmes for young people affected by poverty or conﬂict, and empower them. The community is, therefore, very much looking forward to hosting Italian Rugby League at Makkah mosque, and working together to inspire and empower young people of all backgrounds.''
“I'd like to put on record my thanks to Gary Hetherington from Leeds Rugby, Darren Williams from Hunslet Hawks and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, as well as all of the sponsors, for their support in making this tour a reality,” added Ikram.
International Womens Day
Sporting Equals would like to celebrate International womens day by promoting talented women who create opportunities, are role models to future generations and inspire through sport. BEDSA 2018 sees several elite sport women and many female centred projects as finalists this year.
Inclusive Club Guide
British Rowing launches Inclusive Club Guide in partnership with Sporting Equals to celebrate inclusivity and diversity in rowing
Workplace Culture Study
Women in Sport we want to hear from women and men about your experiences of working in the sector. All responses are anonymous and they will use the insight gathered to make positive recommendations for the future of the sport, physical activity and leisure workplace.
HELP US RAISE FUNDS THROUGH THE LONDON MARATHON
We are pleased to announce that five dedicated individuals will be taking part in the London Marathon to help raise funds for Sporting Equals.
British Ethnic Minority Sports Diversity Awards 2018
Nominations are now CLOSED for the 2018 British Ethnic Minority Sports Awards
Sporting Equals is looking for two new Trustees with a passion for race and faith equality in sport.