SEMSA (Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association)
SEMSA Annual Awards Voting is now Open!
Please click on the survey link below to nominate a person or project for the 2019 SEMSA Annual Awards.
These Scottish Ethnic Minority Sport and Community Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals and communities within the sporting arena. The awards will act as a stimulus to create much needed awareness of the many BAME individuals and organisations that continue to affect change to ensure sport captivates the lives of some of our least active communities. In doing so seek to reduce inequality and promote a more healthier and active nation.
SEMSA Celebrates International Women's Day 2019
Ladies Community Badminton Championships
The SEMSA Ladies Community Badminton Championships 2019 took place on the 2nd and 3rd of February at the National Badminton Academy in Glasgow.
The winners will received their awards at the SEMSA Annual Awards dinner later in the year.
UK Asian Football Championships 2018
Congratulations to London APSA who have won the trophy after a fantastic final at Celtic Park on the 23rd of September 2018.
The final score was London APSA 3 - Singh Sabha Slough 1.
Summer Academy 2018
A few photos from the Summer Academy 2018 - please click on the link below:
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
Receipt of donation received by Unique Home (Punjab) in 2017: