Smethwick Gurdwara will become the first Sikh Temple in the UK to open its doors to a community and professional football event.
On Wednesday 25 April it will join forces with Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, and FA Consultant Brendon Batson for ‘One Game Smethwick’.
In what will be a groundbreaking partnership with the local Sikh community and Birmingham County FA, the event will bring together grassroots teams and community groups in the oldest Temple or Gurdwara in the UK to discuss how local stakeholders can work collectively to make football more readily available to everyone in the area.
West Brom legend Brendon, Walsall left-back Malvind Benning, ex-Saddler Netan Sansara, who currently plays for Cypriot side PAEEK, and Notts County’s Sam Sodje will be taking part in a panel session at the free forum.
Buta Singh, who heads up the British Asian Club Championships, a series of open football events across the midlands, and is a user of Smethwick Gurdwara, said: “The Sikh community has been involved in football in this country for over half a century, but this is the first time professional football has come into our place of worship.
“We welcome the fact that football wants to serve communities as well as entertain them and I feel we are now moving into a new era of the game together.”
Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out Chair, said: “This is another example of the positive work Kick It Out carries out in order to engage with different communities.
“A Gurdwara is not the typical setting you’d expect for a grassroots football debate, yet this is further proof that the campaign’s work extends way beyond just combating racism. ‘One Game Smethwick’ is a unique opportunity to discuss openings in the game at a local level, and I’d encourage anybody that can make it down to attend.”
Running from 6.30-8.45pm, the forum will also consist of a series of presentations about football in the local community, and a guided tour of the Temple. For further information, please click here
To confirm your place at ‘One Game Smethwick’, please contact Kevin Coleman, Kick It Out’s Grassroots Development Officer, on 020 7253 0162 or via email@example.com