Sustainable Community Development Practices

Luton Sikh Community Case Study – ECB Core City Programme

As part of ECB Core City programme the three most popular faith groups in Luton were supported to host a community world cup day. Again, using sport as a tool to engage, key dignitaries from Luton’s diverse population were invited to take part in the family fun day.

Councillor Aslam Khan, Portfolio Holder for Safety and Cohesion after visiting the event said the following:

“I want to thank you once again for inviting me to a well put together event with a community that has not engaged with us before. This was community engagement and cohesion at its best through sports. Sports not only connects people, it also has many other benefits such as health, ASB, lifelong transferable skills . The Sikh community potentially may have few more Monty Panesar’s in the making. I want to congratulate Gurpal, ECB, Dave summers and Amran for your hard work and enthusing in breaking down barriers and getting people involved in sports of all age groups especially young boys and girls. I would also thank the Gurdawara for their generous hospitality. Look forward to working with you all.”

The end product is a cohesive community. If people are unable to get on, tensions and intolerance start to emerge, which leads to fragmented neighbourhoods and increased anti-social behaviour.

a) Reduced inequalities, discrimination and levels of deprivation
b) Increased community engagement, sense of belonging and pride
c) Increased interaction between people
d) Increases safety and respect for individuals and communities was witnessed.

Community Cohesion & Integration

Participating in sport can improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, promote social inclusion, improve health, counter anti-social behaviour, raise individual self-esteem and confidence, and widen horizons.”
It shows that, in partnership with a range of organisations and agencies, sport can assist in the achievement of their policy objectives. In particular, in the context of local community planning, such as • improvements in people’s physical and mental health, and well-being; • the promotion and enhancement of education and life-long learning; • the promotion of active citizenship; • programmes aimed at combating crime and anti-social behaviour; and • employment and economic development.