Team London Volunteering Programme
BFA offered a range of one day and part time volunteering opportunities to get NEET and young people from low income families in London to volunteer for the first time. 27 young people volunteered a total of 2684 hours, 21 were new volunteers and 13 were NEET.
Tower Hamlets Muslim Community Games
The aim of the project was to include the Muslim community and to make them feel part of the Olympics 2012. We enabled 5 secondary Muslim boys schools to practice various athletics events and then to compete against each other at a final event. Similarly, we offered local Muslim women and girls the opportunity to come and practice track and field events and then compete against each other. In total over 300 people directly participated in the project and a further 300 watched the competitors. 16 people also gained UK Athletics Level 1 officiating certificate.
Female Participants with their medals
The 3 year Project FootVol volunteering programme came to an end in March 2011 meeting all the funders targets and leaving BFA a stronger organisation working with volunteers. The project enabled 189 young people to volunteer for the first time, 123 males and 66 females. The majority 88% were Bangladeshi young people. All together 315 one day, part time and full time volunteering opportunities were filled by young people.
James Caan with v volunteers
BFA Girls Leadership Project
BFA delivered a girls leadership project for 14-25 year olds. The aim of the project was to encourage young women and girls to develop their leadership skills through a series of accredited training courses and 1-2-1 support.
The project delivered Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA) Level 2, NOCN Think Smart course, AQA Health & Fitness course and HSE Emergency First Aid course. The girls received 1-2-1 support to create their own individual action plans so they can focus on future goals and targets. The project also offered girls the opportunity to access the gym for free.
Participants on Health & Fitness course
Young People’s Training and Development Project
With funding from London Borough of Tower Hamlets we have been offering personal development training and support to young people. We have been doing 1-2-1 advice sessions and helping with job search, CV’s and interview techniques. We have been offering capacity building support to member clubs on FA charter standard, fundraising and policies and procedures. We have helped organisation raise £45,000 over the year
With funding from Awards for All we delivered a job club for young people once a week. The club offered young people a place to come for help with job search and application forms, meet other young people, find out about different opportunities.
Bow Young People’s Training and Work Project
The aim of this small project was to engage with young people in the Action for Bow target area (LAP 5) who were looking to go into youth work or sports coaching and support them to use their existing skills and qualifications to move forward towards employment through personal development i.e. improve confidence, motivation, goal setting and also enable them to gain work experience and gain new qualifications.
We successfully delivered a personal development course along with emergency first aid and safeguarding children workshop. We also offered volunteering opportunities and offered 1-2-1 information, advice and guidance to young people. The project engaged with 17 young people.
YOF Girls Sports Project
BFA delivered free exercise and sports sessions for girls aged 14 –19 in the local Tower Hamlets area. The sport sessions were delivered from the Haileybury Centre every Tuesday evening from 4.30-6.30pm. All together 16 girls participated in various sports activities including football, basketball and fitness training every week. The project was set up to give girls a chance to exercise and get healthy on a regular basis in a culturally sensitive environment. The project also offered a chance for girls to achieve a FA Level 1 football coaching accreditation and 6 of them passed the course.
Bow Summer Project
During the summer holidays BFA delivered a small summer project for young people 12-16 in the LAP 5, Bow East and West area. 14 children between the ages of 9-13 participated in the programme doing various outdoor sports, swimming, canoeing/kayaking and bowling & cinema trip.
UK Bangladeshi Championship
The aim of the tournament is to highlight the talent amongst the Bangladeshi community in the UK, and unite the UK Bangladeshi community using football. The tournament has been held in various locations in England giving teams the opportunity to organise their own tournament and play host to teams coming from other parts of the country.
The tournament gives everyone the opportunity to meet people from other parts of the UK, share experiences, and explore opportunities of working in partnership. We hope this tradition continues and one day we have teams from all parts of the country participating in the championship.
Girls Football Tournament
BFA has delivered 2 girls football tournaments per year for the past few years. The aim is to encourage local girls to play and help create football teams for girls outside of schools. On average each tournament attracts 4-6 teams and 30-40 girls.
Langdon Park Girls Team with the Youth Mayor
Boys School Holidays Football Tournaments
During the school holiday BFA delivers tournaments for children from 8-16 year olds. The tournaments are aimed at keeping young people engaged in positive activities during the holiday periods and to encourage new children to play football. Each tournament attract 100 children and around 20-30 teams.
Ocean NDC Women and Girls Exercise Project
BFA delivered free exercise and sports sessions for women and girls in the Ocean NDC area. The project gave young women and girls a chance to exercise and get healthy in a culturally sensitive environment. The project also offered First Aid course, Sports Leaders Award, Child Protection training and volunteering opportunities to participants. The project ended with an awards ceremony celebrating the success of the participants.
Winter Youth League
In October 2009, BFA started a winter football league for U11’s and U13’s. The children needed a provision to continue playing from the summer league which we ran that year. We had 6 teams in the U13’s and 4 teams in the U11’s. All together, more than 125 children participated in the league. The following year BFA & SNC came together to create the THYL.
Metropolitan Police 5-a side School Tournament
The Met Police 5-aside school tournament ran for 5 years (2006-2010) and attracted 14-15 schools (faith and state) and 25-30 teams to play football together. The teams included both boys and girls teams. The main aim was to bring the school children together from the different schools to reduce violence between schools and to enable them to respect and understand each others differences.
Frank Haines Estate Based Project
In 2009, BFA started delivering free football coaching sessions in 3 different estates for 8-13 year olds. The project was open to all children in the 3 estates to come down and play. We promoted healthy eating and healthy living to the children and their parents. Also, in partnership with Thames Gateway Youth Football Project we delivered a Summer Camp for 8-13 year olds in the summer.
Kick It Out
In October 2009, in partnership with Islamic Relief, BFA delivered a 5-a-side football tournament for children, young people and adults as part of the kick racism out of football ‘week of action’. The tournament attracted 40 teams and was a huge success.
On the same day we also organised a friendly match between Arsenal Celebrity Team and Sporting Bengal Vets. The celebrity team included Mark Ramprakash, Tommy Walsh and ex Arsenal professionals. In the Sporting team we had the original team members from 1996 and they showed their class by drawing 3-3.
Also on the day we had the v-bus for the first time in Tower Hamlets and had an Eid concert for local young people.
Mark Rampraksh at Mile End Stadium for theArsenal Celebrity vs Sproting Bengal Legends
Sporting Legend Shaz making a tackle