Sporting Bengal United FC is the oldest and most well-known of Sporting Foundation projects. It was established in 1996 to challenge the under-representation of Asians in football and to offer Bangladeshi/Asian young people a chance to play football at higher level. In eight years the team rose from amateur Sunday league football to semi-professional football.
Today, the club offers local young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to play semi-professional football in the Essex Senior Football League. It broke down many barriers and was one of the first Asian teams to play in the famous FA Cup.
Sporting Bengal is well known within the football circle, including the Football Association, Professional Footballers Association, Kick It Out and other football bodies. It is famous and well known within the Bangladeshi/Asian community in the UK and in Bangladesh. It takes part in national tournaments including the annual UK Asian Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sporting Bengal has grown over the years and now runs a Football Academy for youth and a Legends team for veterans. The team has made history recently in the FA Cup by progressing to the First Qualifying Round for the first time in the club’s history.