Davinder Singh Chana, a volunteer football coach from Southall, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to community sport in west London in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List. Davinder, known as Dave, has been involved in grassroots football since 1996 when he joined Explorers Youth Football Club and over the years has held several roles including coach, manager, chairman and assistant club welfare officer. He is still the life vice-president of the club.
Dave is currently the head coach for Ramgarhia Sports & Social Club (RSSC) and also the Sikh Welfare Awareness Team (SWAT). He has provided coaching sessions for the Voice Youth Project in Hounslow and the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy’s “Parkash” charity events held annually to raise money for the school. He is also the general secretary and charter standard coordinator for the Middlesex Youth Football League and actively promotes and encourages compliance with equality and fair play initiatives like RESPECT, Kick-it-Out, Football v Homophobia.
On behalf of SWAT, Dave runs a Saturday morning soccer school for five to 14 year olds and has worked closely with Sporting Equals to set up a ladies and men’s yoga club, and also trained as a tennis activator to deliver indoor tennis sessions at SWAT’s Thursday night youth club held at Hayes Gurdwara.
As well as being a licensed FA Level 2 coach, Dave recently completed the FA Level 2 in talent identification and hopes to help find and develop talented young Asian players. His voluntary work was recognised by Middlesex County Football Association when he received the 10 Year Long Service Award in May 2009 and the Award for Outstanding Service to Community Football in 2014. Earlier this year in February, Dave finished runner-up as the Unsung Hero at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) 2016 sponsored by Lycamobile and founded by Sporting Equals. Dave juggles all his voluntary work whilst working full time as a quality engineer with Hale Hamilton Valves Ltd in Uxbridge.
Dave said: “I don’t know where 20 years have gone but I have and am thoroughly enjoying my involvement in providing sport, especially football, to the local community. I am absolutely chuffed and humbled to receive the Queen’s honour and thank everyone, especially my family, who has supported me over the years and enabled me to be recognised in this unexpected manner. The BEM more than makes up for the disappointment of not winning the BEDSA’s Unsung Hero Award.”
This is your last chance as voting will be closing soon. If you haven’t done so already please vote for Dave Chana as your local ‘Unsung Hero’ using this link http://bedsa.co.uk/vote-2016/. It’s very simple, all you have to do is put in your email address, name and choose the category ‘Unsung Hero’ and choose Dave Chana from the dropdown list and submit – you will then receive an email with a link all you do is click on the link which will then confirm your vote.
Or you can phone 0871 204 024 2 and select Option 2 if easier for you. COME ON EVERYONE GET VOTING!!!!.
RSSCs Football Head Coach Dave Chana has been nominated and shortlisted as one of three finalists in the category of “The Unsung Hero” of the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) 2016.
Please visit http://bedsa.co.uk/vote-2016 to vote for Dave.
Sponsored by Lycamobile and founded by Sporting Equals, the awards ceremony will be held at the J.W Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on Saturday 6th February and will bring together sporting celebrities, grassroots sport and sporting organisations.
RSSC wishes Dave the best of luck at the BEDSA Awards 2016.
RSSC welcomes you to the 36th Annual Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Sports Tournament on the 22-23rd August 2015!
Entries are now open!!! Contact details are on the below flyer.
Alternatively you can enter online for the following tournaments:
To enter online
To enter by paper form
Also feel free to check out last years photos by clicking here
We hope to see you all at this years tournament.
We invite you all to attend this years Variety Show organised by the Ramgarhia Sabha Southall Community Development Team (CDT). Please bring your friends and family to the show, which will take place on Saturday 4th July at 6pm at the Beck Theatre in Hayes.
If you wish to perform at the show please contact any one of the individuals on the attached poster.
We look forward to seeing you all at the show!
We write to invite you all to join us in taking part in the Akhand Path celebrating the birthday of Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia at Ramgarhia Sabha Southall, Oswald Road. Many of you already know of the work to develop a new sports and social club at the Durdan’s Park site and that we are soon to begin construction. We would love to share details with you at the Akhand Path and also to inform you that we run a sports tournament every year in the second weekend of August.
Please bring your family to this auspicious occasion from Friday 29th through to 31st May 2015 and feel free to forward the invitation to your family and friends. It is also an opportunity to let you know that the RSSC’s contribution to the Akhand Path is £1,000. Many of us within the RSSC project team have already generously donated funds towards this function to cover the cost, and you are free to pledge your funding support. Any donation will be appreciated, however small it may be. You can direct your donation to any senior member representative of RSSC at the Akhand Path.
We look forward to welcoming you and your families and friends in joining us to gain Guru Ji’s blessings.