International Women's Day 2022 Event
Open Badminton Tournament Prize Giving 2021
The Open Badminton Tournament Prize Giving was held in Glasgow at the Ashoka Restaurant on 21st September 2021. Great to see Arun Khan (CEO Sporting Equals), Billy Garrett (Director of Sport – Glasgow Life), Kevin Ansell (Chairman of Sports Council for Glasgow), our friends from the armed forces, and past committee members as well as honoured guests. Special thanks to our host Sanjay and to Kash Taank for all your help and support.
SEMSA Virtual Run Taj Mahal to Glasgow!
SEMSA Mini Summer Academy 2021
Hello everyone. It was great to see you all at our SEMSA Summer academy event.
This year’s mini summer academy was a great success and enjoyed by all children and parents who participated. Great weather added to the overall success. Thanks to all the Committee members who were able to join us & your contributions. Thanks to Cricket Scotland, they made huge contributions to our event – thanks Rajani for inviting them. Mridula ji, what can I say about the freshly made Pakoras, chutneys and masala chai, fantastic 🙏 Birthday celebration was the icing on the cake!
Photos from the event can be found on the link below…
SEMSA Walk Celebration
SEMSA Virtual Walk 2021
Dear friends and supporters of SEMSA, I pray you are well. Thank you for continuously supporting SEMSA and helping our community stay active and healthy. Last year we had a virtual walk/run which was extremely successful thanks to you. I invite you again to join SEMSA’s virtual run 2021. This year we challenge you to reach the Attari-Wagah border, over 5000 miles from Glasgow so we can show you the exciting border parade. We encourage you to walk, run or cycle to reach the target by the end of June individually or with your friends and family. Individuals or groups who contribute the most miles will be recognised and those who reach the border first will win.
We will send you a Strava group link shortly to record mileage and encourage each other to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle, if you’re unable to use this you can send us your miles via text. We look forward to another successful run.
For information please contact
Asif – 07891 190503
Dilawer – 07974 964084
Please join us using the following link – strava.com/clubs/semsa
Badminton Webinar 28th April 2021
This webinar was held in partnership with Badminton Scotland and SEMSA. 15 ladies attended (as we had a cap in the number ) to learn Basic Skills of Badminton. They were taught about racquet holding, shuttle holding, footwork, various types of serves, boundaries of the courts for singles and doubles play and much more.
Women's Meditation - Virtual Classes 2021
After the successful completion of Ladies Zumba classes, Kamaljeet came up with another equally popular well-being proposal – a six week course of Ladies Meditation Classes. This class is run by multi-talented Priya Kaur, who not only instructs in meditation, but is also a writer. Again this venture has proven to be very popular with around 50 ladies attending each week.
Rajani figured out the technical aspects of Zoom to allow SEMSA to host large group meetings with multi-tasking options. Dry-runs were held to test the system before holding the actual live events. Images from the event can be found on the SEMSA website as well as social media.
The entire SEMSA committee would like to thank everyone involved in setting up, hosting, and participating in these social fitness and well-being events.
International Women's Day Celebration 2021
For the first time, SEMSA’s celebration of International Woman’s Day 2021 was a virtual Zoom event. The Ladies of SEMSA embraced the challenge of dealing with new technology, audience generation and creating content, organising speakers, speeches and entertainment. Over 70 women attended from different countries and different backgrounds. This included ladies from local communities, the Royal Navy, the Royal Airforce, and British Transport Police.
SEMSA warmly welcomed our friends-
AB Kimberly Salmond from Royal Navy
Naval Officer Anne-Marie joined us from Dubai
Janice Scott from London
Flight Lieutenant Tracy McGowan
Sergeant Sandy Neil from Airforce
Please see the SEMSA IWD webpage to view messages of support from attendees.
Councillor Jen Layden was our VIP keynote speaker
Bala Devi, who is a professional footballer from West Bengal, India, and currently playing for
Rangers Football Club with 18-month contract very kindly sent her speech praising the work done by SEMSA. She could not attend the event due to restrictions imposed by the club.
Activities included a singing competition, which was assessed by an external judge. A wide variety of dances were also streamed. There were key presentations dealing with issues such as Mental Health and Internet Safety. Feedback about the event was extremely positive, and we all hope that we can meet up again next year face-to-face and enjoy each other’s company as well as the promise of delicious treats that normally accompany our IWD events!
Women's Fun Zoom Exercise Classes 2021
The Ladies of SEMSA got together to come up with a plan to help women stay fit during COVID. Kamaljeet and Dalit proposed Zoom based virtual fitness classes which were unanimously accepted by the entire team. Thanks to Daljit, Pinaz Khan was engaged to run a total of six classes. Attendance was exceptional at approximately 50 ladies per session.
Pinaz has now moved away from Glasgow but takes with her SEMSA’s heart-felt appreciation for her efforts in running the classes.
Jyoti also deserved a huge thank you for developing the consent form used for IWD, Zumba classes and meditation classes – to cover GDPR and permission to record and photo events.
Screenshots from the zoom event can be found on social media and below…
SEMSA Free Virtual Group Fun Run
SEMSA would normally be organising events getting people together to participate in sporting activities. Under the current circumstances, due to this Corona Virus we are not in a position to do that. SEMSA Committee want to continue to serve its members to participate in some form of exercise and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
With this in mind, we are asking you as an individuals or couples to walk, jog, or run in your local areas, i.e. parks or other open spaces or even on open footpaths.
Rather than choosing particular time and date, we encourage you to pick your own suitable time, taking into account the weather.
We are asking you to take part over the weekend starting from Friday the 2nd October to Sunday the 4th. October. Please encourage your friends and family members to either walk, jog or run and let us know, how many KM you have managed to complete.
For any further information please contact
Mohammed Asif on 07891190503
JAS Jassal on 07796406496
Dilawer Singh MBE 07974964084
Ladies Cricket 2020
Our first ever soft ball outdoors ladies cricket tournament organised between SEMSA and EKCC on EKCC (East Kilbride cricket club) grounds. We played two games and the final result was 1-1 . A great game of cricket between two amateur teams held on beautiful sunny Saturday. A big thank you to the EKCC team for hosting us .
SEMSA Badminton Tournament 2020 Photos
The event took place on Sunday 1st March 2020 12pm to 5pm at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow
Click on the link below to see tournament photos.
Ladies Community Badminton Championship 2019
21st & 22nd March 11am-4pm at the National Badminton Academy, Glasgow
UK Asian Football Championships 2019
Photos now available, please click on the links below:
Congratulations to Wolverhampton Azaad Sports FC – the new UKAFC 2019 Champions. They lifted the trophy after a fantastic final at Ibrox Stadium on the 22nd of September 2019.
The final score was Wolverhampton Azaad Sports FC 5 – Coppice Utd FC 2.
The Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registered in Scotland, number SC046642 and regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
The Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA) was established in 1990 due to the lack of provisions available to the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities of Glasgow. Since its inception SEMSA has created and provided culturally sensitive sporting opportunities to the (BME) community.
Now SEMSA has taken cognisance of the changing community dynamics and the migration of new communities to the city. As a result of both the demographic change as well as the financial pressure in the current economic climate, SEMSA has evoked a change to a more strategic and inclusive approach.
This inclusiveness allows Scotland’s new and indigenous communities to work towards creating an equal playing field for all communities at both an operational and strategic level. SEMSA recognises the need to challenge and tackle inequality, racism and discrimination in the field of sport as a core element of its work. SEMSA is one of the leading national sports organisation run by, and for BME communities in Glasgow to organise and deliver sporting activities of interest.
The organisation has established a range of programmes and initiatives such as the SASA Football Programme, coaching/capacity building programmes, badminton programmes and national football and badminton competitions. Some of the key areas SEMSA has not only been involved in but has also initiated include : UK Asian Football Championships (UKAC), Glasgow wide BME sports events, annual Summer Academies, development of a BME equalities post in Glasgow City Council, links to new communities and training programme development initiatives.
Over the years, SEMSA has helped raise awareness and funding for several charities and organisations including:
Unique Home (Punjab)
Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust
Beatson Cancer Charity
DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal