Aims & Objectives of BFA
Bangladesh Football Association (BFA) is a registered charity and umbrella group working in Tower Hamlets since 1996. The main aim of BFA is to improve the lives of young people using sports, in particular football. BFA organises football leagues and tournaments for the community and represents over 80 adult and youth football teams.
Many of BFA’s projects have developed because of the need for it and are long running projects supporting the community. The users are children, young people and adults from deprived backgrounds and on the margins of society. By organising football leagues and tournaments, BFA keeps many young people engaged, offers positive diversionary activities, supports them to become good citizens and stay away from trouble and all the negative issues they may encounter daily. Once engaged through football, BFA uses other projects to support young people’s development and help improve their lives.
BFA UK delivers projects to support the development and well-being of children, young people and adults, including people with disability and women and girls.
Projects include; volunteering programmes, employment & training projects, accredited and non-accredited training courses, mentoring projects, holiday programmes for children, women and girls exercise and leadership projects, disability football sessions, Olympic legacy project for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women and children, gang and knife crime project and targeted projects with young people Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET). These projects support the development of young people to improve their confidence, motivation, learning, qualifications and ultimately support them to move closer to paid employment and further training.
- To co-ordinate and manage football leagues and tournaments for and on behalf of member teams and the local community in Tower Hamlets.
- To challenge the under-representation of Bangladeshi’s in mainstream football via the BFA representative team, Sporting Bengal United, and by attending and taking part in discussions and reports commissioned by the FA and other bodies.
- To use football as a tool to enhance community members spiritually, socially, physically and mentally and divert them away from socially undesirable activities.
- To unite the community by working in partnership with member teams, voluntary, public and private sector organisations.
- To deliver projects and activities promoting healthy living, community cohesion and inclusion, community safety and good citizenship.
- To recognise the contribution made by individuals and groups to Bangladeshi football in the UK by presenting special awards.