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Fans for Diversity: Blues mark Hindu and Sikh holidays

The Fans for Diversity fund brought together two supporter groups this past weekend to celebrate Diwali and Bandi Chhoor – highlights of the Hindu and Sikh religious calendars.

Sunday’s event was a collaboration of two Supporter groups at Birmingham City, Blues 4 All and Panjabi Blues, as they joined forces with the club to host an event that welcomed over 100 individuals from the local communities.

The event offered people the chance to experience a matchday at the women’s Championship game between Birmingham City Women and Reading Women, which was a dedicated Diwali and Bandi Chhor fixture.

Head of the Fans for Diversity campaign Nilesh Chauhan said: “It was good to see two of our vibrant Birmingham City supporter groups – Blues 4 All and Panjabi Blues – involved in their club’s efforts to promote this landmark celebration at St Andrew’s.”

More than 100 locals from the Hindu, Sikh and Jain community were invited to attend this match and be part of the festivities.

Fans For Diversity is a campaign programme run in partnership between the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation. Fans For Diversity encourages, funds and supports initiatives by fan groups to promote diversity and inclusion in football, and to challenge all forms of discrimination.

For more information on funding available from the campaign, contact Nilesh Chauhan.

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