Event: Leicester Memon Youth Association Multi-Sports Tournament
Date: November and December 2015
Location: Various Location in Leicester including Memon Centre
Valuable Event for our Memon Youth Community
Leicester Memon Youth organisation have built up on their success of the 2014 event which saw a record number of participants in the 2015 tournament (25th Anniversary) The event held in November and December was enjoyed by the community with a dazzling array of sports tournaments that included football, table tennis, darts, cricket, FIFA on PS3, table football and much more! Late night’s hard work and positive banter made it all worthwhile.
The event kicked off with FIFA and Pool tournament at the Corner Pocket on Friday 6th November for juniors who were competing to reach the final and secure a trophy. The ever popular table tennis tournament followed on Friday 13th November at the Memon Centre. Players competed against one another in this fast and demanding quick reaction game. Some spins proved too much for some players leading to the final winners, Imran Sacranie for the adults, Mohamed Jakhura under 16’s and Ahmad Gaffar for under12’s.
The Badminton tournament was held on Saturday 12th December at the Crown Hills Community College played on 8 courts, starting with under 12’s category and under 16’s followed by an adult’s doubles tournament with 64 adults participating. Pairs were picked on their ability which proved very difficult for the organisers to rate in categories considering everyone claiming either to be an expert or a complete novice.
Further events were scheduled through the month with indoor cricket been the last one held on Saturday 19th December. 42 keen batsmen took part all at different levels. This fast, furious and fun game with a high tempo kept going till late testing the player’s reactions to see which team comes out top.
Also by back popular demand a bowling tournament was organised for adults and juniors with the event organisers looking to do more whilst everyone was in the spirit of joining in. Congratulations to Asif Alimahomed beating his own highest score of 155 set in 2014. The new high score of 231 has raised the bar for the future bowlers.
To round the tournament off a presentation ceremony took place on Friday 8th January at the Memon Centre. The awards presentation was a wonderful way for the community to recognise and acknowledge the achievements and talents of our young and old participants for 2015. This was a great way to showcase the community at its brilliant best with over 637 people taking part. As with every Memon traditional custom, food was served straight after.
Shabir Jakhura vice Chair of the youth group, said: “Each year the tournament goes from strength to strength and we are delighted with how it has grown over the years. It was a team effort and feedback from event organisers and participants has been extremely positive. We are keen to hear from any individuals or groups that would like to take part in the tournament or who would like to support the event through sponsorship, engagement or in-kind contributions. We look forward to return next year”
Ashraf Okhai Chairman of the Memon Youth Association, said: “The tournament provides a real showcase for the community to get together, I would like to thank everyone who was involved within the youth programme. Events like these are great at raising awareness to maintain our culture and talent that we have in Leicester and something that we all should take great pride in. I would encourage everyone to support and enjoy them on a regular basis”.
Ashraf Added: “In future we would like all the tournament activities to take place at the new Memon Centre which is currently under construction, this facility is very important in helping us to engage with the local community and forging better links with regional and national memon organisations. The construction is in the early stages and we are currently requesting everyone for donations to bring this magnificent new centre ready for 2016 tournament.”
More information about The Leicester Memon Association can be found online www.memoncentre.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Memon-Youth-Association-Leicester-119014981518087/ .If you would like to get involved please call Shabir Jakhura on 07908 333786, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Leicester Memon Youth Association
Working closely with the Leicester Memon Youth, we keep them busy and actively engaged in our culture through general participation in activities. We are the driving force behind the annual sports tournament and Friday night youth club as well as operating many ad hoc events in the year.