Kala Sangam 29th January 2020
Jas Athwal DL

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As a sport-loving entrepreneur, Jas, has over the years put his many connections to good use as an ambassador for Bradford Chamber of Commerce, and as a self-confessed golf enthusiast.

Along the way, he’s enjoyed the honour of being the UK’s first Sikh golf club captain and for more than a decade has organised the annual UK Asian Open, held at Hawksworth in Bradford. Over and above those honours however, he takes particular pride in a community programme he initiated which takes golf to young children in inner-city schools.

A keen rugby league player with Bradford Northern’s Academy team back in the 1970s, when racism on the pitch was rife, he sees sport as ‘the ultimate leveller’ – where barriers such as race and class don’t matter. It’s a message that he wants to give to today’s young people – whether in sport or in business, believe in yourself, work hard, help others where you can, and you’ll get there on your own merit.

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