Engaging refugee communities by breaking down barriers and providing new opportunities

This is the title of one of the presentations at the conference Getting more people from black and minority ethnic communities into sport and physical activity which takes place on 27th March 2014 at the Signing Tree Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Organised in partnership between Sporting Equals and Sports Marketing Network this is a  conference teaching new ways of engaging and retaining participants in sport and physical activity from BME communities.

This presentation is delivered by Mizan Rahman of the Welsh Football Trust, a charity organisation established by the Football Association of Wales to encourage more children in Wales to play football, to develop player and coaching talent and to support the future success of Welsh national teams. The Welsh Football Trust has a BME football programme which aims to engage people from different ethnic backgrounds to get into football in either a playing, coaching or volunteering basis.

 One of their recent successes is the Development of the ‘Cymru Refugee Football League’, set up following an identified lack of football opportunities in Cardiff for asylum seekers and refugee players. The project looked to break down some of the traditional barriers to participation (finance, transport, accessibility) and provide both a participation and education opportunity to members of the refugee community.

 Mizan Rahman has managed the Welsh Football Trust BME programme since its inception. He has worked mainly in the catering and fitness industry before being employed by the Trust since 2009. His job is to develop new and existing opportunities in football for citizens from a BME background in Wales. Mizan wrote the first ever strategy for BME Football Inclusion in Wales.

 This one-day event will provide examples of good practice on increasing participation in sport and physical activity for people from ethnically diverse communities. Attendees can learn ideas to suit their own environment. Pick up helpful insight, learning from people themselves and the providers who have been successful. Use the ideas to shape your sporting and physical activity opportunities to provide experiences for everyone involved.

This is not a conference packed with policy presentation. We hope people will leave the event knowing they have heard some great practical ideas and having learned how to make positive changes of their own.

Further details can be found on http://tinyurl.com/cmnc8xz

You can also call 01423 326 660 or email svend@smnuk.com 

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