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My big fat Sikh wedding

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Asian mum in the bridal industry puts together valuable “pocket guide” on how to plan the big day

As a British Asian working mother and business entrepreneur Gurj Bancil is passionate about her culture.  A few years back Gurj realised customs and traditions have always been an important part of every religion and culture.

Born and raised in the midlands Gurj has been in the weddings and events industry for over ten-years. She decided it was time she put together a guide for brides and grooms planning their Sikh wedding, with hints and tips on how to follow traditions and add their own twist to their special event.

Whilst she was helping families and couples arrange and plan their special day,  she was being asked questions on the basic traditions.

Gurj commented: ‘‘I have been in the weddings and events industry for over a decade now.

“Working with clients designing their wedding cards, special occasion cards, weddings and events, clients would  ask questions on how to carry out certain traditions."

"I’d be asked questions like what items to give at a certain ceremony or ‘what’s the letter you give to the groom’s side when you give the wedding card’.

“I then thought today’s generation do not have an idea of what to do and how to do a Sikh wedding, so I started putting pen to paper and began my research.

“With the aid of my wedding video, family and friend’s weddings and my knowledge, I finalised my book ‘Traditions: A Pocket Guide To A Sikh Punjabi Wedding’.”

“It is a great informative book for families and couples who are planning their marriage, bringing alive the Punjabi traditions with a step-by-step guide which will help all generations.

“At the same time the book will create quality family togetherness everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve as people want to choose the easier option hence losing the tradition.”

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Getting Asians into football

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ON FIELD AND OFF FIELD PROBLEMS: The challenge of getting more Asian footballers into the top tiers of the English game remains a priority

ON FIELD AND OFF FIELD PROBLEMS: The challenge of getting more Asian footballers into the top tiers of the English game remains a priority

Representation number ‘must increase’

As Premier League clubs continue to spend millions of pounds on players from around the world, one demographic is still missing in the country’s favourite sport – Asians.

Currently, the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League is Swansea City’s Neil Taylor, while Adil and Samir Nabi at West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa's Easah Suliman and Liverpool’s Yan Dhanda are among a host of prospects hoping to make it into the top tier.

With such little representation across the top tiers of the game, Asians are struggling to make their mark on the pitch.

Sporting Equals, the UK's leading charity promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity, have been working to create a more reflective game.

This week, they have announced the continuation of their strategic partnership with the UK Asian Football Championships – now in its 18th year – as they help to raise the profile of Asians in football.

The event is organised by the Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association SEMSA and in partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Rangers Football Club and Celtic Football Club.

STAR PLAYER: Neil Taylor is currently the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League

STAR PLAYER: Neil Taylor is currently the only player of British Asian descent playing in the Premier League

Arun Kang CEO Sporting Equals commenting on the partnership said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Asian Football Championships in its eighteenth year of being.

“Even though this is a momentous achievement in itself it is still sad to think that after 18 years, there still remains a lack of Asian footballers at elite level here in the UK.

“We feel that greater thinking needs to be carried out by influencing bodies to promote Asian football talent.

“However, in this instance, we congratulate the fantastic commitment and support of the Asian Football Championships who have kept alive this issue to empower Asian footballers, coaches and volunteers."

Kash Siddiqi is one of only nine Asian footballers to have played in the Football League and is a big supporter of Sporting Equals.

Commenting on the existing problems in the game, he said: “It is great to see initiatives such as the Asian Football Championships taking place. The event provides a great platform for Asian football talent.”

Paul Elliott, former Celtic FC player and the first black professional footballer to sit on the FA Council, is supporting the championships.

With preliminary games set to be played at Glasgow Green Football Centre before the final is staged at Celtic Park, he has more connection than most to the tournament this year.

“Whilst it is great to see significant numbers of professional footballers from the African Caribbean communities it is concerning that, in comparison, south Asian communities have yet to break through in any significant number,” he said.

“More thought and understanding is needed of the challenges that have prevented Asian players to enter the elite game in the UK.

“This tournament helps to keep shining the light on this important issue and I congratulate Sporting Equals and SEMSA in supporting and organising it.”

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