Due to heavy rain and the ground being waterlogged, all training is moved away from Hamilton to preserve the pitches. As soon as we can bring football back up to Hamilton we will. Home games are now being played. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Leading from the front, grassroots club Leicester Nirvana FC continues to support community need and that of their users in the development of an inspirational educational programme in partnership with Sported. The project aims to mentor and educate young people, providing access to role models and will strive to ignite aspiration & demonstrate routes to success for young people. Nirvana will use football to empower young people and break down barriers to regular participation for marginalised groups, not just in sport but socially.
With recent incidents that have happened across Leicester and Leicestershire such as youths suffering racist abuse and threatening behaviour and the murder of a former coach; the project will address cohesion issues within and across communities through positive changed attitudes of young people about community and behaviours. The project will also develop leadership skills of young people by using various methods of engagement to educate the wider community.
Kirk Master, Chair of Leicester Nirvana has said “We as a club are excited about supporting more young people to achieve football qualifications as well as being able to support them with issues such as confidence & self esteem and to inspire them to greatness’.
Nirvana is made up of a melting pot of young people from all backgrounds many of which derive from inner city areas such as the Spinney Hills ward; experiencing discrimination in football and wider that has lead to welfare and self esteem issues & a need for learning around equality and discrimination. Under the surface these experiences have left them with a negative self-defeating mentality and a disillusioned perspective on life as well as a lack of aspiration. Nirvana is determined to help change that perspective and believes that now is the time to step up to the challenge of championing change for our youth.
Nirvana will work with organisations in the Voluntary sector, Public sector and the Private sector to deliver the package of work that will provide genuine life experiences for those young people most in need.
Nirvana believes that everyone has a role to play in the continued extended learning of our youth. To find out how your organisation can help Leicester Nirvana to Champion Change within young people or for more information about the Programme, please contact Ivan Liburd at email@example.com
'Future Horizons' Conference - Book Now
Leicester Nirvana FC is holding an evening conference a year after the successful launch of the event held in March 2013. The event will be on Wednesday 2 April 2014, at the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester, LE2 0UA, 6.00pm – 9.00pm.
Nirvana has been in continuous conversation with Government Ministers, the National FA, County FA, Kick It Out and local community groups over the past 12 months; discussing how all forms of discrimination in sport can affect young people and adults within our community.
It is very important that you as an individual, a parent, a community member or an organisation has an opportunity to have your voice heard and input in to these discussions so that we as a grassroots community can discuss how we can make a difference for the better.
We are inviting footballing decision makers back to Leicester and offering them a platform to tell us what they have put in place to reduce discrimination in all its forms within football locally and nationally over the past 12 months. Attendees from last year’s event felt there should be more action being taken to stamp out racism and discrimination on and off the pitch and that many issues affecting grassroots football were still prevalent, for example distribution of adequate facilities amongst BME clubs.
When questions were asked of the audience at last year’s event, they gave the following responses:
- 73% of respondents said they had witnessed or experienced racism in football
- 64% of the respondents found the reporting process to be poor
- 64% of respondents had witnessed or experienced racism in football and not reported it to the FA and 65% said that it was because they did not think they’d be taken seriously
- 29% of respondents thought that racism in football had stayed the same over the last 10 years and 29% thought it has got worse
Over the past year Nirvana has been campaigning for justice regarding an abusive event that took place in October 2012.The football club in question were eventually found guilty after a hearing at the Leicestershire County FA on 4 counts including charges aggravated by Race. Nirvana also successfully secured a criminal prosecution against a parent/supporter of the football club in question at Leicester Magistrates court, proving that persistence and unity can make a difference.
Some of the recommendations that Nirvana have made nationally and locally to benefit the overall game of football are:
- Diversity Training - A change from the FA at a National level to ensure that better training is given to members of County FA’s and those that perform disciplinary duties in all reported cases.
- Club Sanctions - A review of ALL clubs Charter standard kite mark at their annual health check review if they have been convicted of any form of racism or discriminatory charges.
- Club and Player Sanctions - A review of the sanctioning powers levied to the County FA’s at their disposal for clubs and players found guilty of racism and discriminatory charges.
- Policy Influence - Challenged the National FA’s original 96 point Inclusion and Anti Discrimination Action Plan which failed to address the numerous issues and recycled many initiatives from old.
- Community Programmes - Initiate programs that target hard to reach youth within a grassroots setting in order to build a relationship and a presence within communities.
Discussions on the evening may include: New strategies and reporting processes of Kick It Out, Asians in football initiatives, Inclusion and Anti Discrimination Plan, Overall affects on communities and families, Routes to influence, Future plans in football and more. Places are limited to 100 delegates so to secure your place.
Today members of Leicester Nirvana attended a meeting at the Department for Culture Media and Sport to discuss issues around Racism and Equalities in football/sport with the Minster for Sport, Tourism and Equalities Helen Grant MP and RT.Hon. Keith Vaz MP. The meeting went very well with many points being discussed with further discussion to come. Leicester Nirvana were very thankful for the opportunity and hope some positive actions will follow.
Watch this space.
In the same week Nirvana also had an opportunity to discuss future partnerships with the FA's head of Equality and Child protection and Kevin Coleman the Inclusion project officer leading on Asians in football. In all a very productive week of meetings as Nirvana continue to strive for excellence and equality.
Civil rights leader and activist Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Nirvana FC in support of the clubs work around discrimination, justice and to present a plaque and plant a tree in remembrance of Antoin Akpon a former community and club member of Nirvana.
The special event took place on 5th December 2013 at Leicester Nirvana FC’s home ground in Hamilton amongst honored guests such as Keith Vaz MP. Club members and invited guests were encouraged to mingle informally with Rev Jackson as he made his way through a full room taking pictures and embracing those that attended.
Chair of Nirvana FC Kirk Master said, “It is inspirational that our efforts to champion equality and combat discrimination has been recognised by such an iconic leader such as Rev Jesse Jackson and supported by Keith Vaz MP”.
Committee member Ivan Liburd said, “On the day that Nirvana welcomed one hero (Jesse Jackson) in to our arms another was taken away with the announced death of Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to Nirvana who has in recent times also battled successfully against injustice and discrimination and continue to champion positive change within the community and sport for all”.
After presenting a plaque in Antoin Akpon’s memory, Rev Jesse Jackson said, “These young peoples hearts are still heavy and yet they come together in love and not in hate and hurt, that says much about the extended life of Antoin”.
The event was a fitting tribute a life and inspiration for all of the young people involved in Nirvana football club.