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.
MIND - CAMPAIGN BURST
As part of the MIND Campaign burst Sporting Equals is working with grassroots community projects to deliver a number of events in key locations to help raise the importance of keeping active to maintain an active and healthy mind.
BEDSA 2017 Award Winners
The third annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) took place on Saturday 18th March. The ceremony was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and attended by over 800 guests. Click below for a full list of all the winners.
BEDSA 2017 Highlights
Sir Mo Farah and Kadeena Cox scoop top awards at the third Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs)
MIND - CAMPAIGN BURST
Sporting Equals are working in partnership with MIND to help promote mental health and wellbeing to BAME communities. Health and Fitness expert Dal Dhaliwal blogs on how getting active can support your mental wellbeing.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Sporting Equals latest consumer insight identifies that the UK Chinese population does not form a cohesive integrated community, but is a complex mix of ethnic, class and professional differences
Launch of Future Sports Leaders Event
We are delighted to launch Future Sport Leaders in partnership with Youth Sport Trust and Sport England on the 10th February 2017 at Hotel Football, Manchester