The Asian Cricket Awards is owned and operated by Inventive Sports. They are proud to have created an event recognising and rewarding inspirational Asians across the entire cricket industry.
Baljit Rihal – CEO Inventive Sports & Co-Founder ACA
Baljit is extremely passionate about raising awareness of the lack of Asian participation in Sport at a professional level. He co-founded the The Asian Cricket Awards to acknowledge the huge contribution that south Asians make to all aspects of the game and as such, it is the first ever event dedicated to celebrating their involvement.
He is the CEO of Inventive Sports, a company whose ethos is to promote future champions. Through his consultancy activities he has built up a strong network across the sports industry. In 2012 he founded and delivered the inaugural Asian Football Awards at Wembley Stadium with support from the FA. He brought the Asians in football issue into mainstream media with the 2nd Asian Football Awards in 2013 and headed the 3rd Awards in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium to much success once again.
His business and entrepreneurial acumen has seen him build Inventive Sports from strength to strength. The company is now working globally as a specialist in sports consultancy and representation – with offices in London, Mumbai and Delhi. He has spearheaded Inventive Sports into emerging as the agency of choice for international players wishing to join the recently formed Indian Super League. Baljit is also a football player’s agent licensed by the English FA and a FIFA licensed match agent.
Baljit on the ACA 2016: “We are very honoured to be hosting the 3rd Asian Cricket Awards at The Kia Oval. This year, our awards promise to be bigger and better. Our objective is not only to raise awareness of the fantastic achievements of individuals and organisations – but to help inspire future generations of British Asians in cricket.”
Jas Jassal BEM – Co-Founder ACA
Jas is an active volunteer who was recently awarded the British Empire Medal for services to community of sport and charity.
Jas puts in nearly seven hundred voluntary hours each year, while balancing his day job and family life. This in itself is an amazing amount of dedication from an individual who clearly wants to change the landscape for diversity in sport. As Vice-Chairman of Concorde Rangers FC he has worked with that club and the West Middlesex and Hayes League to forge a partnership with Queens Park Rangers Community Trust with the aim of raising standards and increasing participation in football in those sections of the community that are possibly under-represented in the game.
He was appointed trustee for the Hillingdon Community Trust, a volunteer role that provides grants to important equality and engagement initiatives in the Hillingdon Borough. Jas’s role is to ensure grants are provided to improve the quality of life in this region.
Jas is a qualified football coach and has used football to develop the skills of young people including confidence-building and leadership through effective communication. He has inspired many players to progress on to becoming coaches and referees through providing avenues of education.
Jas has received the following honours in his volunteer capacity:
- British Empire Medal Queens New Year Honours Jan 2014 for voluntary services to charity and community.
- Olympic Torchbearer 2012
- FA Volunteer of the year 2012 for Middlesex County and region of London.
- British Airways Community award winner 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Jas on the ACA 2016: “The Asian Cricket Awards is the ideal platform to recognise and celebrate South Asian success in cricket. There are role models all over the UK with inspirational stories, from those who volunteer, to those who have made cricket their full-time career.”