Celebrating BAME community successes

This pages focusses on Black British history, sharing with you some of the fantastic contributions that Black Britons have made locally and nationally.

BHM is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK. Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature, medicine, transport and many more areas.

Contributions to the community

As the country went into lockdown and many were cut off from their usual sources of support, community groups swiftly came together to prepare and deliver meals and supplies to vulnerable people in Barton and Tredworth.

Their incredible efforts to reach out to those who were vulnerable / isolated, with little or no sources of support, highlights the true sense of community spirit that exists in the Barton and Tredworth area.

Find out about The Friendship Cafe.

Gloucester County Council in partnership with community groups has developed a webpage for people from BAME communities who wish to access advice and information on COVID-19.

The aim is to ensure that the BAME communities who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 can access culturally appropriate information that allows them to have a better understanding of COVID-19 and the resources available to support them.

Rising Stars Youth Football Club

Rising Stars Youth Football Club was formed and affiliated to Gloucestershire FA in 2016.

The foundation for the formation of the youth club, was the continued desire of its volunteers to give opportunities and access to sport for residents of the Barton and Tredworth community who typically had been overlooked over generations growing up in the city.

The club prides itself on the tireless efforts and dedication of its volunteers which has allowed it to grow from a handful of young players to over 100 registered with the club and 6 teams from U6s to U14s, competing in local leagues.

The club is the most diverse and inclusive of its kind in the south west, appreciating the rich tapestry of the local community that has over 70 spoken languages whilst accommodating training provisions that cater and respect the cultural and community needs in the ward.  It is this community spirit that has been the bedrock of its success.

Young players in the Barton ward have been getting the exposure and sporting opportunity over the last four years of which neighbouring wards such as Abbeymead, Longlevens have experienced for over 20 years.

Barton and Tredworth have the lowest amount of green space in the county and amongst the lowest open space in the country.

These are challenges that the community have overcome, as the club continues to seek more sporting investment into the ward to tackle evident social and health inequalities.

We are delighted to now have a generation of parents investing in sporting development of their children. Without the club coaches we wouldn’t be in a position to give young people an opportunity to play on the weekends.

The club has 9 FA Level One coaches and 1 newly accredited FA Level 2 coach from the BAME community as well as giving opportunities for young people to enrol on referee courses and pursue a career in sport.

Rising Stars Club coaches and players have gone on to join Gloucester City and Cheltenham Football club coaching and development teams.

Football for our club is not born on the sole desire of a team winning their matches; moreover the ethos of the club is to develop life skills, unity, strong character and team spirit which will leave them in good stead on and off the pitch.

Money should never be a reason for a young person to not participate in sport that is why at Rising Stars we continue to support low income families with team wear or paying match fees in order for the child to continue enjoying the sport.

The club also produce a monthly community newsletter informing parents of club news, sharing achievements as well as community charities and youth support services.

Facebook @RisingStarsFCGlos

Gloucestershire Football Association

Every year since 1987 the month of October has been dedicated to raising awareness and paying tribute to black history in the UK. It is a celebration of the contributions and achievements by people of Black, Asian and mixed heritage. 

To celebrate Black History Month 2020, Gloucestershire FA will be hosting an online webinar with special guests offering insights into their journeys, experiences in football and celebrating BAME cultural and heritage nationally & locally. The evening will include presentations on playing, coaching and refereeing in the game as well as other opportunities. Furthermore, we will be opening the floor for audience Q+A.

The COVID-19 restrictions imposed upon on us this year will mean our event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams, on Thursday 29 October starting at 6.30 PM and running until 8.15 PM.

You will hear from the Gloucestershire FA's Inclusion and Advisory Board (IAG) and our specials guests on the evening will include:

  • Football League Referee Sam Allison,
  • FA Education's, Steve Smithies, Butch Fazel and Lawrence Wok,
  • Kick It Out's Grassroots Manager, Tajean Hutton, 
  • Bristol Central Youth FC Chairman, Derek Scales,
  • Bristol City first team playerZak Vyner.

Be sure to register your attendance and not miss out on this event!

Please complete the attendance form if you wish to attend, the link will be sent a day prior to the event.

Page updated: 24/09/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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