Bal Singh of Bedford has been crowned Asian Football Coach of the Year.
The inspirational efforts of British Asians working in football were recognised at the Asian Football Awards2013 at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, October 8.
Bal Singh of Khalsa Fooball Academy won Coach of the Year. This season Khalsa Fooball Academy (KFA) marks its 25th year anniversary. The KFA were crowned UEFA Young Champions in the UEFA Young Champions Final hosted at The Olympic International Quarter, Stratford City.
Bal said: “ I would like to thank my mentors Allan Bickerstaff and Chris Dowhan. My KFA assistants in the UEFA Young Championships Julius Topolsky and Kevin Ramasamy.
“I would not of achieved this without support of KFA volunteers, parents , players and KFA project partners.
“Finally thanks to Bal and Jas for organising the AFA and a thank you to the judging panel for selecting me as the Coach Of The Year.”
Presenters of the awards included England internationals Gary Lineker, Dion Dublin and Ray Parlour, BBC TV presenter Manish Bhasin and the PFA’s Brendon Batson.
The hosts for the awards evening were BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan and Sky Sports News presenter Dharmesh Sheth.
The judging panel included representatives from The FA, The PFA and Kick It Out, as well as the chief executive officer of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh, the BBC Sport presenter Manish Bhasin and Amit Bhatia, the vice-chairman of Queens Park Rangers FC.
Gary Lineker said: “First and foremost I’ve come to offer my support for the Asian Football Awards.
“I think it’s a great thing to offer more encouragement towards football amongst the Asian community. There has to be a lot of talent out there and we need to explore it.”