GURU NANAKGURDWARAFOOTBALL CLUB
Our website aims to share with you our history, objectives, ethos, club development and current activities for player and coach development. As trustees, we believe that sport has the power to motivate, educate and inspire talented individuals. We are extremely fortunate to have our passionate and hardworking team of volunteers who are dedicated to serving GNG Football Club to fulfil its objectives. The Club’s growing success is a reflection of their commitment, dedication and hard work. Our home at Riverside Football Ground, which was opened in June 2014, hosts one of the best grassroots football facilities in the UK. This centre has teams for players from 5 years of age through to veterans players. Our second centre in Rushey Mead, at Soar Valley College, was opened in May 2015 and provides football for players from 5 years old to 11 years old. We have a waiting list of players to join our teams and anybody interested should email us accordingly at firstname.lastname@example.org. When we have spaces in our teams we contact the individuals on the waiting list.We heartedly welcome you to visit any of our facilities, where you can take a look around the Club and speak to a member of the team who will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
President, Dr. Charanpreet Singh Johal
Chairman, Nash Bains
GNG History Project
In 1969, a group of young Asian men were playing football in Spinney Park, Leicester, and they decided to start football club with the help of a local Gurdwara. The story of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Football club (GNG FC) from its humble origins as a parks-based team to becoming a successful community football club, and finally to developing its own club centre and grounds is a fascinating, but ignored, Leicester tale.
Afterall, the history of GNG, the club and its people is also the story of the changing social identities and cultural dynamics of Asian and other communities from Leicester working together to build dynamic inclusive spaces for themselves. The project will document the story of GNG FC over the past 50 years. With assistance from local researchers and photographers, and a group of young people involved with the club, the project will record the experiences of people involved with the clubs over 50 years, archive material, and develop learning and exhibition material. Some of the stories, such as its 1973/74 City league Division 6 trophy, 2002 racially motivated attack on its players, 2014 opening of Riverside grounds, and the 2015 Asian Football club of the year award are well known, but other stories have not been recorded and will soon be forgotten. This project is a great opportunity for us to document and remember the long struggle and achievements of the GNG FC story.
The story of GNG football club will be set against the backdrop of the social and cultural history of Leicester city over 50 years, and the project will therefore contribute to people, broader understanding of heritage in Leicester, and the importance of football, and sport more generally to social cohesion and community development. The project will therefore provide a different understanding of the diversity and diverging experiences of people, of their football affiliations, social mobility, well-being, integration and racism during the last five decades.
The project is coordinated by GNG FC. and they are assisted by local researchers and photographers Kajal Nisha Patel a. Jagdish Patel. We have 4 already started researching and archiving material, and are running workshops with young people who will be taught video, documentation and oral history skills. They will be assisting Kajal and Jagdish to develop the archive, exhibition and learning materials. The work will be displayed across different venues in Leicester after May 2019.
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Awards and Accreditations
Community Charter Standard ‘Community Club’ Status – April 2015
Charity Number 1164645 Registered as a Charity – December 2015
Asian Football Club Award Winners – Wembley November 2015
Asian Football Awards Winners – Grassroots Award 2017
MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES
SATWINDER SINGH DHAMI
Head of Coach
Head of Football
Head of Operations
- Work with the FA and Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association (LRCFA) to address the under representation of members from the Asian community in grassroots and professional football.
- Increase the participation numbers of players from the Asian community.
- Increase the numbers of coaches and volunteers from the Asian community.
- Develop and support our coaches to complete FA Level 1 Award in coaching, FA Level 2 Certificate in coaching, UEFA B course.
- Provide the best governance and good practice.
- To improve the performance of players, coaches and volunteers within the club.
-£2.8 million modern facility
-12 Changing and shower rooms for teams
-4 Changing and shower rooms for referees
-State of the art 3G all weather pitch with floodlights
-State of the art grass pitch with barriers, floodlights and
-18 pitches in total
-Ample car parking with overflow parking
“NA DAROO AR SIYOO JAB JAH LAROO
“Address the under representation of Asians
in football at all levels of the game,
whilst aspiring to be the leading grassroots
football club in Leicestershire .”
We are Guru Nanak Gurdwara Football Club and
knowing who we are and what we stand for must always
be important to us.
We recognise the ever changing demands of football,
as such the need to develop players and coaches to be
both knowledgeable and flexible in their application is
The team is most important at all times, more
important than any player or individual. The players and
individuals have the obligation to meet and defend the
idea of the club