Yorkshire Asian Business Community Association is proud to be giving back to the community in many different ways, most recently through our connection with the Carlton Academy Trust. We have been able to sponsor the Carlton Bolling Boys rugby team and helped provide them with uniforms that mirror those of professional teams, helping the boys feel like they are part of something.


Mohammed Azum (Headteacher, Carlton Bolling) said “Student participation in a wide range of sports epitomises everything Carlton Bolling so strongly believes in. Our core values of respect, resilience and ambition underpin our vision that our students will achieve excellence, regardless of their starting points. South Asian representation in rugby is low, yet Bradford is the home of the Bradford Bulls and many other successful rugby teams. Our students, with the support from Saima and her team from the Keighley Cougars Foundation, successfully participated in a recent Rugby tournament held in Odsal Top, home to the Bradford Bulls. The self-belief and determination our students demonstrated during the games was partly down to the fact that they felt valued and backed by everybody in school but also YABA, our sponsors of the kits worn by the students. YABA representatives were present for the unveiling of the kits and were honorary guests for their first home fixture. It makes a huge difference to our students, to know that they have ‘fans and followers’ from outside of school cheering them on and investing time in their success. Thank you, Sharon and the YABA team for making our students believe.”


In partnership with the Armed forces, we also hosted an assembly with “Polar Preet”, the first South Asian woman to trek solo across the South Pole, and gave the students the chance to meet and talk to her about her amazing and inspiring journey.


“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to invite Captain Preet Chandi, following her epic solo Antarctic adventure, to West Yorkshire,” Lt Col Andy Black REME (4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East) commented. “What an inspiring story she shared. Our partnerships in Bradford are really important to us, so bringing such a great role model to the region was awesome. Congratulations to Carlton Bolling on their project initiative, as the theme of ‘Resilience’ is hugely important for our young learners. We continue working with schools across Yorkshire to support skills and confidence development.”


We are also building up self-esteem and employability in the students in a variety of ways by running workshops in partnership with UKYouth to help a group of 11-13 year old girls realise their impact on the world and how they can make real and impactful changes in their communities.


“EmpowHER Legacy aims to support young women and girls with low wellbeing through social learning and social action,” Jessica Sansom (UK Youth) explains. “It aims to engage those who may not have accessed social action opportunities before, building skills and confidence to empower young women and girls to lead change in their communities, choosing causes that they themselves feel passionate about. EmpowHER Legacy is a 2-year programme, funded by SPIRIT of 2012, and delivered by UK Youth in partnership with youth organisations across England. UK Youth are thrilled to be working with YABA!”


We are also working in partnership with Northern Rail to help facilitate various trips across the Bradford Region for refugee families, to help give the families and especially the children safe and fun days out in their new homes.


“On behalf of all the communities team at Northern Trains Ltd (NTL) I would like to give a huge thank you to the Yorkshire Asian Business Association volunteers for supporting our community base engagement projects across the Leeds City Region,” said Richard Isaac from Northern Rail. “The aim of NTL and the Department for Transport are to make our services accessible to all our communities across the North, from Liverpool to Hull and Newcastle to Nottingham. With YABA and its members’ support we are helping our communities in the Yorkshire region to access the rail network for leisure and work and for many in our communities for the very first time. With YABA’s extensive community network we are able to reach into the heart of our diverse communities in the region to promote rail travel and open up employment opportunities in the rail industry. YABA’s focus on bringing faith groups together to celebrate the cultural diversity is helping NTL and the wider rail industry understand the cultural needs of the customers we serve in the North but also our staff. At NTL we see our partnership with YABA as an essential element of the development of our service in the North. Ensuring all our communities benefit of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) a once in a generation strategic rail programme, specifically designed to support the transformation of the North’s economy.”


We are proud of all the programmes we have been involved in and are passionate about helping our local communities. If you wish to be involved with projects like the ones mentioned above and want to help your local community, please contact our Community Ambassador Beth Featley by emailing beth@yabateam.co.uk or by phone on 07716082403.