New book tackles the exclusion of British Asians from football

Dan Kilvington

Dan Kilvington

A new book which explores the exclusion of British Asians from football and makes recommendations for achieving equality in the industry has been published by a Leeds Beckett University academic.

In his book, ‘British Asians, Exclusion and the Football Industry’, Dr Dan Kilvington, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett, presents his extensive new research collected from interviews with players, coaches, scouts, managers, fans, and anti-racist organisations and highlights both historical and current reasons for the exclusion of British Asians from football.

Dr Kilvington explained: “I conducted almost 100 interviews with individuals and groups from all spheres of the game over an eight year period. The book explores overt and covert racism, highlights both male and female experiences and discusses the similarities and differences between Asian heritage communities, such as Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, from across England. It provides a critical overview of equality and inclusion initiatives which aim to increase the numbers of British Asians in the game, in all areas. I also make recommendations for reform pitched at football’s key stakeholders which are believed to help achieve greater equality and inclusion.”

The book, published by Routledge, draws on case studies, one of which centres around Bradford. Dr Kilvington said: “Despite Bradfordian Asians’ passion, enthusiasm and love for football, no one from the South Asian community has managed to maintain a career in the professional game. I carried out in-depth research within Bradford, consulting ex-professionals, former academy players, coaches, scouts, managers and PE teachers.

“What I found was that there is a lack of grass roots opportunities within locales which are densely populated by Asian heritage communities; while the local and national scouting networks tend to overlook such communities and environment, for many reasons.

“My research indicates that more clubs are needed and, therefore, more coaches. With a view to changing this, Leeds Beckett University is funding a Coach Education Masterclass event at Bradford City on Wednesday 13 April which aims to create new coaches and develop the skills of existing grassroots and professional personnel, helping to create football opportunities for the next generation.”

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Premium lifestyle brand Jaybird has found that the X2, the second generation of the bestselling sport headphones BlueBuds X, is proving a popular choice with reviewers and customers alike.

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Giro Announces Innovative Ski Helmet reinforced by TeXtreme®

Global Leader in the manufacture of protective headwear, Giro Sport Design, recently announced the Avance MIPS, an innovative ski racing helmet that uses TeXtreme® to create a lighter, stiffer, and stronger shell.

“In development of the Avance MIPS ski helmet, TeXtreme® has enabled us to create an ultralight shell that’s tougher, stiffer and stronger than anything Giro has previously offered. Most importantly, TeXtreme® provides impressive high-energy impact management,” says Mattia Berardi, Product Manager of Giro Ski.

TeXtreme® is a unique carbon fiber material that differs from conventional carbon fiber materials due to its proprietary production methods. Its track record of contributing to successful product releases – from companies including Bauer Hockey, Prince Tennis, Cobra Puma Golf, Stiga Table Tennis and Bell Helmets – has proven the real-world performance improvements due to TeXtreme® Technology.

According to Berardi, “The Avance MIPS outer shell is constructed from TeXtreme® carbon fiber fabrics. TeXtreme®’s wide, flat tapes fit tighter together and remain straighter than the round tows found in conventional carbon fiber materials, and thus require a less resin needed to bind the fibers together.”

Giro engineers created the new helmet to deliver improved protection from four major hazard categories common to elite alpine racing: high-energy impact, rotational energies, multi-impact collision, and gate impact. In order to combat the high-energy impacts that racers often experience, a number of innovations were developed and the use of TeXtreme® materials enables a strong shell that allows the helmet to better resist multi-impact crashes and repeated gate impacts.

In addition to the use of TeXtreme® in ski helmets, its innovative technology is applied in Formula 1, NASCAR and America’s Cup racing, as well as in the manufacture of bicycles, golf shafts, tennis racquets, surf boards, rowing shells, skis and snowboards – along with various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.

The Avance MIPS helmet will be available for purchase at authorized Giro retailers in late 2016.

Mavericks steal Copper Box Crown

Surrey Storm fell to their first ever Copper Box Arena defeat on Saturday evening as Hertfordshire Mavericks took a 55-50 win at Netball London Live 2016.

A 6332-strong crowd packed into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venue to witness a gritty, physical Vitality Netball Superleague clash, and Maverick’s first win in the annual meeting between the two sides.

Feeling confidence after a big win at Manchester Thunder in round 6, Storm Head Coach Kathryn Ratnapala named an unchanged side to face Mavericks in the 3rd edition of Netball London Live. And it was clear from the opening exchanges that Storm were in for another close encounter. Mavericks pilled on the defensive pressure but with Rachel Dunn and Pamela Cookey adjusting to it late on, the score line was finely poised at 10-all at the first break.

Hertfordshire came out of the blocks quickest in Q2, with a 3-9 run that saw them 13-19 up midway into the quarter, before taking a 20-27 lead into the dressing rooms at half time thanks to a superb shooting performance from Sophie Hankin.

With quick action needed to turn the game around and stop the ball from reaching the flawless Mavericks attack, Coach Ratnapala made several changes for Q3. Josie Huckle came on at GK, allowing Hannah Reid to push forward to GD, while Amy Flanagan came on at C to move Sophia Candappa into WD.

The changes showed promise early on in the quarter, with Reid’s aggression allowing Storm to pick out an interception on the edge of the circle to feed through to Cookey and Dunn who were still shooting with accuracy. Despite this Storm were only able to reduce the deficit by a single goal in the quarter, Mavericks holding a 34-40 heading into the final period.

Goals needed to come thick and fast if Surrey were to take anything from the game and protect their Copper Box crown, so the pace was upped to increase the chances on goal. Candappa found Dunn with a huge whole third pass late on before Cookey converted a late turnover, but it was too little too late for the side in duck egg blue as Mavericks closed out a big performance to take a 50-55 win. Perfect revenge for the Hertfordshire side, and painful realisation for Storm that their unbeaten run in the capital had come to an end.

The result sees Mavericks sit second in the Vitality Netball Superleague table on goal average, while Storm miss an opportunity to leap frog their rivals and stay 4th.

Early in the day Maiden Erlegh School were crowned COCO5 Road to Copper Box Arena champions with a 25-15 win over St. Christopher’s School and Storm NPL stayed unbeaten with a 56-31 victory against Mavericks NPL.

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17YR OLD RACING DRIVER BECOMES £100,000+ BRAND IN JUST 12 MONTHS

Damani Marcano 2016 small

Damani Marcano 2016 small

Teenage racing sensation Damani Marcano, is just a few weeks away from embarking on his second year of racing in cars, this time competing in two 2016 saloon car championships.  With only 2 years in karting under his belt, Marcano made the move to cars in 2015, at the age of just 16, Marcano is already a bonafide £100,000+ racing brand.  Where many new racers to the sport rely heavily on financial backing from affluent family members, Damani’s family was not in this position. He has had to raise independent sponsorship from the start, building his brand to offer maximum return on investment.

Team-HARD. Racing Principal Tony Gilham comments: At barely 17 years old, Damani is now a £100K+ per year brand. He has an unprecedented level of independent sponsorship with financial backers, partnerships with motorsport brands, companies in the automotive industry; he’s even got a clothing deal – and he only moved into cars last year!  Of course it’s Damani’s raw talent and dedication to racing that has been fundamental to this process, but also the incredibly hard work he has put into his brand and public presence plus his maturity in front of the cameras.  We still have a little way to go to cover all of his costs this season but there is absolutely no reason why Damani Marcano cannot grow into a million-pound brand within the next five years.”

In motorsports today there is much more to a driver’s role than podium finishes; financial backers, sponsors and partners expect exposure across a number of platforms as well as a vocal spokesperson from the driver they have teamed up with.  In the last year, Damani has attracted a strong team of behind-the-scenes supporters. Team-HARD and RiverGlide, helped to shape his overall strategy and were soon joined by In The Bag PR and now also Integra Sports Partners to develop his brand to the maximum.  On and off the track he repeatedly demonstrates incredible maturity and understanding of the industry he is currently taking by storm.

Team-HARD. Racing Principal Tony Gilham comments: At barely 17 years old, Damani is now a £100K+ per year brand. He has an unprecedented level of independent sponsorship with financial backers, partnerships with motorsport brands, companies in the automotive industry; he’s even got a clothing deal – and he only moved into cars last year!  Of course it’s Damani’s raw talent and dedication to racing that has been fundamental to this process, but also the incredibly hard work he has put into his brand and public presence plus his maturity in front of the cameras.  We still have a little way to go to cover all of his costs this season but there is absolutely no reason why Damani Marcano cannot grow into a million-pound brand within the next five years.”

In motorsports today there is much more to a driver’s role than podium finishes; financial backers, sponsors and partners expect exposure across a number of platforms as well as a vocal spokesperson from the driver they have teamed up with.  In the last year, Damani has attracted a strong team of behind-the-scenes supporters. Team-HARD and RiverGlide, helped to shape his overall strategy and were soon joined by In The Bag PR and now also Integra Sports Partners to develop his brand to the maximum.  On and off the track he repeatedly demonstrates incredible maturity and understanding of the industry he is currently taking by storm.

FANTASTIC GROUND SPONSORSHIP FOR AFC EMLEY

l to r Andy Hobson, MD Fantastic Media, Dan Brownhill, President AFC Emley

l to r Andy Hobson, MD Fantastic Media, Dan Brownhill, President AFC Emley

UK, March 7th 2016: AFC Emley’s Welfare Ground will be renamed the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground in an historic naming rights deal between the club and the Birstall-based integrated marketing agency.

The naming rights come into effect this Saturday (5th March 2016) for AFC Emley’s home game against Yorkshire Amateur in the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Division One.

The deal is a rolling contract between the club and the marketing agency and the fee for the naming rights remains undisclosed.

The agreement came after a chance meeting between AFC Emley President, Dan Brownhill, and Fantastic Media Managing Director, Andy Hobson who was at the Welfare Ground watching his relative and AFC Emley Under 19 goalkeeper, George Kitchen.

Fantastic Media, celebrating its 10th year as one of the region’s leading marketing agencies, has a history of sports sponsorship and has been involved with a number of professional football clubs across the region in the past decade, most prominently at the John Smith’s Stadium, home of Huddersfield Town FC, where they have been sponsors of the family stand since 2008.

It is the first time in AFC Emley’s history that they have had a ground sponsor. Very few clubs at the non-League level have brokered ground sponsorships with prominent local companies and the move is indicative of the professionalism that the commitee that runs AFC Emley has injected into the club in recent years.

It is hoped that in attracting a business with the profile of Fantastic Media, other local businesses will follow suit as President, Dan Brownhill, explains: “To sign up such a well-known and well-regarded company is a huge boost to the club.

“Yes it helps the bank balance but it also shows we’re on the right path with how we play and how we do things at Emley. We’re also hopeful the tie-up with Fantastic will also encourage other businesses to see what we’re about and look to get involved.”

Andy Hobson from Fantastic Media said: “I knew from coming to watch Emley and from speaking to people that it is a terrific club and one that is very well run by the club officials, so for us, it was an opportunity to get involved in with a great club at a grass roots level.

“We’re well known in the region for being involved in sports sponsorship and marketing. We’ve been involved with clubs in the region for many years and this year we’re supporting England Women’s captain Steph Houghton and Andrew Gale, YCCC Captain for his benefit year.

“Our support of Emley is different to anything we’ve done before. It’s more about what we can do to assist them in whatever way we can – whether that’s through attracting other businesses to get involved or bring new supporters in.”

Stunt rider and racer challenged – to go slow…

Known for gravity-defying tricks, making back tyres smoke and back-flipping over the front of his Kawasaki stunt machines, Lee Bowers is not someone necessarily associated with slow riding. In the latest Kawasaki Motors UK video, he is challenged – along with motorcycle racer, Emma Selway – to four trials to test out their slow riding ability.

The film, shot at Santa Pod Raceway, has been launched as part of the Institute of Advanced Motorists #IAMRideFree campaign, which offers motorcyclists in the UK the opportunity of a free 60 minute skills and safety riding assessment from 7th March 2016 to 30th June 2016.

See what they both got up to – and who won:

New Irish Horseracing Distribution Deal‏

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) and Satellite Information Services (SIS) have today announced that they have reached agreement on a five year extension (up to the end of 2023) to their current contract for the distribution of live pictures and data of Irish horse racing to Licensed Betting Offices (LBO) across the UK, Ireland and internationally.

Additionally, SIS has secured the sole and exclusive rights from 2017 to stream Irish horseracing to online operators worldwide and to distribute Direct To Home (DTH) pictures.

The agreement, which was reached last week and is subject to certain conditions, including ratification next week by the Board of HRI and the membership of the AIR, means that Irish horseracing will remain part of SIS’s core content package for bookmakers, with 355 fixtures available to major bookmakers for inclusion in their in-house channels, most of which are produced by SIS. The pictures and data will also be included in an SIS-produced channel for bookmakers who currently rely on the SIS FACTS channel.

The new deal provides for the introduction of SIS’s innovative new in-running data capture across all Irish racecourses, significantly enhancing the betting experience. Using proprietary algorithms, SIS will deliver real-time betting updates throughout races, providing instant analysis of this data and graphic visualisation outputs.

The new deal will create a long term, efficient relationship between Irish racing and bookmakers.  significantly reducing the ‘leakage’ (as it has been referred to in the media) of value between bookmakers and racecourse owners, with racecourses receiving increased income compared to their current arrangements and bookmakers paying no more than they do at present.

Gary Smith, Chief Executive of SIS added: “This agreement not only provides continuity but also enhances SIS’s offering to its customers. It ensures that retail bookmakers across the UK and Ireland, and now internationally, will have access to Irish horseracing as part of a comprehensive package of content to support their over-the-counter sports betting businesses for many years to come.
We are delighted to now also be able to stream Irish horseracing internationally, which demonstrates our innovative approach to moving racing forward to the benefit of all of its stakeholders.

John Moloney, Chairman of AIR, said: “As Chairman of the AIR and of HRI’s Media Rights Committee, I am delighted at the agreement which has been reached with SIS for the sale of Irish racing’s media rights. The interest in these rights reflects the high regard in which our product is held internationally. The certainty of funding provided by this long-term media rights deal will underpin racecourse finances for the next seven years and will enable the continuing widespread development of facilities for racegoers, racehorse owners and all those working in the industry”.

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI, stated: “This agreement with SIS is a really positive development for Irish racing and one on which HRI has been working for several months. HRI is committed to working together with SIS in relation to issues such as fixture scheduling and providing a competitive racing programme, and we look forward to the continuation of our mutually beneficial relationship with the betting industry, with the joint objective of growing interest in and turnover on Irish racing.

Carriage of Irish Racing on At The Races (ATR)
The new arrangements will include a review of the future of Irish racing on Direct-To-Home (DTH) television as SIS intends to immediately seek proposals for the provision of DTH coverage of Irish racing from 2017 onwards. This process will be run with the involvement of HRI/AIR.

Gary Smith, said: “SIS has committed to HRI/AIR to explore options for the DTH distribution of Irish racing to achieve their objectives and also to consult with HRI/AIR before proceeding with any DTH arrangements.  SIS enjoys a close relationship with ATR and would be happy to see Irish racing stay on ATR’s channel”

Brian Kavanagh, said: “Whilst recognising that the DTH rights have now been licensed exclusively to SIS, HRI/AIR has been very happy with its current DTH arrangements with ATR and is pleased that SIS has committed to fully explore options with ATR for the future. HRI/AIR look forward to reviewing the options with SIS.”

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races, commented: “ATR has a long standing and important relationship with HRI/AIR and SIS in relation to developing Irish media rights and we look forward to working together to ensure that we all continue to maximise both exposure for the sport and the value of the rights themselves”.

The Ian Wright Organisation is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary

The Ian Wright Organisation http://www.thewrightevent.co.uk is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was back in 1987 when Ian, a keen motor sports enthusiast, was asked by a friend if he would bring his Trials Car along to a corporate event to entertain his clients. Of course Ian was more than happy to agree to this, especially as he was going to be paid for the day. The Trials Car was received extremely well and over the next couple of years Ian was asked to come along on further corporate events, occasionally hiring in additional Trials Cars to assist.

Slowly but surely the Trials Cars became an amazingly popular activity and Ian decided that with a little more kit he would be able to support more events and so decided to invest in a few Quad Bikes and an old Land Rover. Steadily business began to grow but it wasn’t until 1991 when The Pickwell Estate, a 400 acre venue in Sussex, became a permanent base that “The Ian Wright Organisation (IWO)” was born and started to run its own Corporate Events. In 2000, The Pickwell Estate was sold and IWO had to look for a new home which was when we came across Ashtree Farm, our present location.

The business today is vastly different to the one which was established 25 years ago. As well as providing motorised activities we now offer a wide selection of country pursuits such as Clay Pigeon Shooting, Target Archery, Falconry, Geese Herding, Traditional Longbows and many more, along with a selection of team building activities. We have also continued to expand our portfolio of “venue partners” meaning we can now run events almost anywhere in London and the Home Counties and occasionally further afield.

Here’s to the next 25 years!