If it wasn't clear already what our answers would be if asked whether the cup was half-full/empty...
I mentioned that 'familiarisation through participation' partly because it was fresh on the mind, I coincidentally wound up watching this movie the other week (nothing special, nothing terrible, since you asked), Sikhs playing ice hockey in Canada would appear to have a higher level of cultural differences to bridge than football has. So on second thought, maybe Bend it Like Beckham is a more relevant example... perhaps The FA could put some money into a remake/sequel for their next bright idea on the 'diversity' front?
A focus group made up of bored primary school children would easily come
up with 10 more effective ideas than this for the FA to fool around
In fairness it's one (lip service-y) idea specific to this situation, they *probably* have other initiatives, just need to avoid the stigma of going too far in the opposite direction and handing out opportunities to fill quotas, like many things balance is key. But then again this is the organisation that thought a good way to promote participation in women's football was to put posters on cubicle doors in the ladies'
. My "Bend it Like Beckham 2" idea is looking better by the second...
While the FA may think that it is "doing its bit for diversity" or
whatever, we all know that one Sikh player in the England national team
would do a lot more than to have a C team play against a contrived team
of British Sikhs.
Agree completely, I guess Danny Batth
is closest to that right now. Even just having a Panjab player playing for England in this match would send out a big message. Think that would still fit within the 'balance' I mentioned above provided the player was good enough, although from this list
I can only see one player (Dillon Bains) at a similar level of club to where the England C players generally come from.
I tend to think that the FA doesn't quite understand who it is dealing
with though. After all, we have heard before what the Panjab team
You need to be careful a quote like that doesn't get taken out of context...
Side note - Not a fan of the term "British Asians" generally being limited to a single part of the continent. Straight-up discriminating against all those British Mongolians