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Poplar-based football team wins charity match in bid to get south asians represented in sport

PUBLISHED: 15:22 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 06 April 2018

The Bradford Bulls and East London Lions played their final at St George's Park in Burton. 

Picture: Ben Stevens / i-Images

The Bradford Bulls and East London Lions played their final at St George's Park in Burton. Picture: Ben Stevens / i-Images

©2018 Ben Stevens / i-Images

A Poplar football team won a charity match hosted at St George’s Park last week.

The East London Lions beat the Bradford Bolts 2-0 in the Altus League, an eight-week project which saw 70 16-18-year-olds from Poplar and Bradford take part in weekly training sessions and personal mentoring.

The league is designed to get young people from south asian backgrounds into sport, and is run by the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation, a charity which provides a platform for underrepresented communities in football.

Kashif Siddiqi, KSF’s founder, said: “Football has an extraordinary capacity to unite. Whatever our background, race, or ability, football transcends borders, and it’s at grassroots level, where the formative years of many young people’s lives are spent, that this message is most important.

“If we can provide this space for young south asians to enjoy themselves, while acquiring tangible skills they can use for the rest of their lives, then that’s a big win.”

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