BOLTON Indians Sports Club have won the Community Sports honour at the 2018 Fusion Awards.

The club, which is also known as BISC and is based on Hacken Lane in Darcy Lever, was originally called Azad Cricket Club when it was established in 1964 by a group of Indian and African men who worked on farmland in Darcy Lever where farmers would allow them to play cricket.

It now caters for more than 500 members, hosting a range of sports including cricket and football as well charitable events for all members of the community.

The award they won is called the Mumtaz Ellahi Community Sports Award, named after a Ju-Jtisu Instructor who died in 2007.

Pravin Parmar, chair of BISC said: “We are proud and honoured to have been chosen to receive the Community Sports Award.

“Like most community-based sport clubs the backbone of many of the services are delivered by a dedicated team of volunteers and some overly passionate and competitive parents and over the last 50 years balancing this has been the key to our success.

“It is this passion and dedication that is being recognised by receiving such a wonderful award.

“The Bolton Indian Sports Club is now helping to deliver many of the sporting activities to a very high standard in partnership with council, the college and university and this has gone a long way to becoming a sustainable club.”