Manisha Tailor MBE with the ‘Wingate and Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum’ has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Mind Wellbeing Award

Bedsa Finalist imageIt is with much delight that Manisha Tailor MBE with the ‘Wingate and Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum’ has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Mind Wellbeing Award at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) 2017.  The Award night will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry at the London Hilton on Park Lane, Mayfair on Saturday 18thMarch 2017. 

The ‘Wingate & Finchley FC Disabled Fans Forum’ is an initiative that allows football fans from within the local area, who have a disability, in particular mental health, to come together and enjoy the beautiful game in a safe place where they can simply be themselves and support their local football club.  It is designed to promote an active, healthy and independent lifestyle for adults suffering from mental illness.

Sporting Equals, who exist to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities, particularly the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population, are the founder of the British Ethnic Minority Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) which celebrates sporting excellence within BAME communities and helps inspire the next generation of athletes.

The BEDSAs are designed to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by black and minority ethnic communities. The Awards will help drive change in the sport sector where more role models from more communities in more sports are a priority to increase participation.

The recognition of hard work and dedication stimulates interest and unearths talent on and off the field of play.

Manisha states that all should be included within our society and those who suffer from mental illness should not feel disadvantaged.

“Although this initiative is inspired by my twin brother, it is about ensuring ALL those with a disability, particularly mental health, are made to feel included within our society.  I have found football to be an extremely powerful vehicle for social engagement, enjoyment and leading a healthy lifestyle.  The provision we provide through the fans forum, in partnership with Fans For Diversity, means adults with mental health can participate in weekly football sessions, which is extended to attending Wingate and Finchley FC home fixtures.  Along with their carers, they are able to support their local football club and enjoy the beautiful game in a safe inclusive environment.”

A sincere thankyou to Wingate and Finchley FC, Freedom for Minds, Fans For Diversity and Swaggarlicious Ltd for their continued support on this mental health initiative.

“This nomination is a testament to all those who are helping at grassroots and community level, to ensure we are able to provide access and equality of opportunity to those with mental health in our local area through the power of football.”