1. Job Club and Volunteering Project
We are opening a brand new Job Club to support young people and adults to move into work or training opportunities. The project will focus on NEET & unemployed young people 16-25 year olds. We will provide dedicated support with job search, filling in application forms, CV’s and interview techniques. The participants will also have the opportunity to volunteer part time and full time in BFA office and sports projects.
We will provide 1-2-1 capacity building support and training opportunities to young people. Courses include Intro to Youth Work and FA Level 1 course. Also, personal development courses such as self confidence and presentation skillls.
2. Youth Mentoring Project
A dedicated Youth Mentor will be providing 1-2-1 support to disaffected 14-16 year olds playing in the Tower Hamlets Youth League (THYL). The Mentor will work closely with managers to identify young people with issues and use a variety of methods to support the young people to deal with their issues and improve their situation. We will be recruiting soon and the project will start once the Mentor is in post.
3. BFA Sports Forum & Capacity Building Support
BFA started a new Sports Forum to bring different sports groups in the borough together, share ideas, learn what each other’s doing and get information about funding and free training opportunities. The idea is for groups to come together and discuss the issues concerning them and take it to the stakeholders. So far we had 1 forum meeting and will be organising more in the future.
BFA is again providing FREE capacity building support to all sports groups in the borough. We helped 2 groups to gain funding and working with 2 other groups. If you want to receive the free service please email email@example.com or call 020 7392 2126.
4. 5-a-side Power League
We are starting a brand new 5-a-side power league for 16-25 year olds who currently are not playing any football. The aim is attract those young people who do not play regularly to start playing informally and then continue playing regularly on their own or by joining any of the local clubs.
The league will 3 run times a year, 12 weeks per league. We are keen to attract teams from youth clubs and groups of friends who want to play competitively but without much commitment. The league will take place one evening a week from a central venue in Tower Hamlets. The fees will be extremely low and if any youth workers want to enter a team please get in touch.
5. BFA Winter League - Community Football League (London)
We are starting a brand new 11-a-side winter league for adults from September 2013. All the matches will be played in one location every week, at Wanstead Flats which has great pitches and changing facilities. All teams will need to do is turn up and play as we will take care of the goal nets, corner flags, pitch bookings and referees. The best part, the league will provide 3 officials for all the matches, a first for a Sunday league. The cost is relative to other leagues but the benefit is its hassle free and there are 3 officials for every game.
6. UK Bangladeshi Championships
BFA is organising the annual UK Bangladeshi Championships. 8 teams from across UK will play in a one day tournament in September at Wanstead Flats for the coveted prize. We have teams from Bradford, Birmingham, Oldham, Luton and Milton Keynes. London will be represented by Beaumont Athletic (current champions), Shadwell FC and Newark Youth (2011 & 2012 Summer League Champions.
7. Academy Teams enter ELE League
We are entering 3 youth teams (U8, U10 & U12’s) in the East London & Essex Junior League. The league is at Wanstead Flats and the matches are on Sundays.
8. Vets BFA League
BFA started a Vets League in May 2013 and is open to all adults over the age of 35. The aim is to encourage ex-players who stopped playing altogether and are not at all active to play again. It is also to give opportunities to those adults who would like to play but do not belong to a team or have a competition to play in to form their own team and play. The league has 9 teams and will finish around October.
A 2nd league will start shortly afterwards, encouraging new players and teams to enter. We are confident the league will be a long running project because there is genuine demand for it from the local BAME community.
9. United Madrasah Championship (UMC)
This year 7 schools participated in 2 days of tournaments, one for Year 7 & 9 and one for Year 8 & 10. The event was supported by London Borough of Tower Hamlets Youth & Connexions Service.
A total of seven independent boys secondary schools, six from Tower Hamlets; Mazahirul Uloom London, Darul Hadis Latifiah, Ebrahim Academy, Jamiatul Ummah, London Islamic School and London East Academy and one school from Leytonstone named Lantern of Knowledge competed against each other for the UMC 2013 cup.