BazookaGoal supports the ZRF Soccer School in an effort to help create playing opportunities for disadvantages young children from marginalized communities in the UK.
This year the BazookaGoals have been used across the ZRF social inclusion projects in London and at their weekly Soccer School in Tooting, South London. The Soccer School is targeting young children and families who have little or no access to sporting opportunities.
Tooting is a multi-cultural area with children from across the world meaning our sessions are representative of the area which we work in. Most children on a Saturday morning attend language and faith lessons which mean they sometimes miss out on Saturday morning clubs. The ZRF Soccer School is an afternoon session which means those same children can attend session whilst not missing out on other commitments.
Since the Soccer School started in September 2012, ZRF have had over 350 different children attend their session and on average 80 children attend weekly. The ages range from 3 years up to 11 years of age and the venue use has both indoor and outdoor facilities.
“The BazookaGoals have been an instant with the children and coaches since we first started using them in January 2013. The easy assembled goals mean that takes our coaches less than a minute to set and start using. For children, they are a great way to introduce games using goal sizes which suit them (most of the children are aged 3-4 years old).” Riz Rehman, Operations Manager at ZRF
ZRF is now looking to branch out our Soccer Schools across other parts of London and we look forward to continue our relationship with this great project.
About the Zesh Rehman Foundation:
The Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF), founded as a not for profit organisation in 2010, has been established to develop a social inclusion programme in the UK delivering community based initiatives that focus on using sport as a pathway and platform for community cohesion, integration and offer pathways into training and citizenship programmes in marginalised communities and neigbourhoods – working across all ethnicities and cultures. Alongside this, the broader aim is to develop the presence of the Asian communities in the UK within the professional football and sporting industry.
More information on: http://www.zeshrehmanfoundation.org/index.php/football-development-school
About Zesh Rehman:
Zeshan “Zesh” Rehman was the first British Asian to start a Premier League match and is the first to have played in all four divisions of professional football in England. He also plays for the Pakistan national football team and was the first Pakistani international footballer to play professional football in England, Thailand and Hong Kong.
He started his career at Fulham and made a total of 21 league appearances. During his time at Fulham he had loan spells at Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City. Having previously represented England at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels, in 2005 he made his debut for Pakistan. A transfer to Queens Park Rangers followed and he went on to make 46 appearances for the west London-based club.
Outside of football he is known for being an ambassador for Kick It Out, the Asian Football Network and the Show Racism The Red Card campaign. In addition to this he has appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra and writes a blog for The PFA as a Management Committee Member as well as running his own foundation.
Oliver “Oli” Hayes is born on the 1st of July 1993 in a small town in England called Macclesfield. Like most young boys, Oli was obsessed with football and was rarely seen without a ball at his feet. Playing for various teams and practicing constantly, he developed extremely good technical skills on the ball and was performing abnormal amounts of kick ups for his age.
In Oli’s latest project, he is performing as the official freestyler for Manchester City’s Instagram competition where followers are challenged to share their skills. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Club-news/2014/May/Freestyle-Challenge-3
In 2006, commercials for the big tournaments of that year were everywhere and Oli took a great interest to them. Ronaldinho was the man at the time and Oli was instantly inspired by his style of play and the way he expressed himself with a football. From that moment, Oli took himself out of all aspects of competitive football to concentrate on what is now known as football freestyle.
On a daily basis, Oli would search online, finding new moves to practice. He glued himself to the garden, where he wouldn’t return from until he mastered the tricks he was working on. Eventually he picked up everything he had seen and then he moved on to developing his own tricks and combinations.
Aswell as football, Oli was into all things creative. YouTube was relatively new at the time and it helped by showing him moves he may never have seen but aswell as that, it gave him a platform to release his own content. Starting off on mobile phones, Oli would film his tricks, edit them on his computer and release videos online via social media websites.
He gained interest all over and turned his hobby into a career, receiving bookings from clients worldwide. His talent and cheeky youthful personality have taken him to countries such as France, Syria and Antigua, although the highlight of his career is more close to home.
In 2011, Oli performed at the Etihad Stadium for his beloved Manchester City. This was without a doubt the most exciting show for Oli as he grew up a City fan from watching them at Maine Road. Everton were the opponents on the day and Oli showed off his skills before the game in the City Square before being introduced to the 40,000+ fans, where he performed as the half time entertainment.
Other achievements feature Oli performing at Rio Ferdinand’s 5 Magazine launch party, starring in TV adverts for MOTD Magazine, body doubling Cesc Fabregas, showing off his skills alongside Tinie Tempah, touring with JD Sports, featuring on Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker, performing at massive sporting events such as the Champions League Finale but also being invited, by Dappy, to play and represent N-Dubz in a celebrity football competition.
From the past to the future, Oli aspires to inspire by sharing his knowledge and entertaining people, whether it be in person or online but most importantly Oli will always continue striving for greatness with all of his talent, doing so through hard work and dedication.
Manchester Futsal Club are members of the FA National Futsal League North. The club was founded on a desire to pioneer the development of futsal throughout Manchester and to take the club to the highest level of English Futsal. Manchester Futsal Club are the first FA Charter Standard Futsal Club in England. The club has put in place a solid foundation for future growth and success as the popularity of Futsal in England gathers pace. To view more information on the club’s history click here.
Manchester Futsal Club are committed to working amongst the local football community to identify and educate new players, coaches and sports professionals about the benefits of playing futsal. The club prides itself on its responsibility to ensure that the learning experience of playing an exciting and challenging game like futsal is accessible to everyone regardless of age, gender or background – we want more people to play futsal! Our successful community and education partnerships throughout Manchester will ensure the club has a long-term future within the city, helping to develop players that can choose football or futsal as their beautiful game.
Manchester Futsal Club’s success is built upon a dedication to promote the enjoyment of playing futsal as well as attracting talented players that are dedicated to taking the club forward. In doing so, the club will always support its players to aspire to represent Manchester Futsal Club and the city at national and international level.
The long-term vision for Manchester Futsal Club is to establish ourselves on the sporting landscape of Manchester, engaging a vibrant fan base to support the club and a love of futsal. In growing out network with futsal clubs from across Europe and Worldwide we hope to make many new friends along the way. Consistent success in the FA National Futsal League will in time help us to achieve our ambition of representing England in the UEFA Futsal Cup.
For futsal fans everywhere – we are Manchester Futsal Club.
More information: http://www.manchesterfutsal.com/youth.php
WARLEY RANGERS JFC – PLAY TO ENJOY (WINNING IS A BONUS)
Warley Rangers JFC was first formed in 1998 at the Brown Cow Inn, Highroad well. Initially we had 3 junior teams at under 7’s u8’s and u9’s and were based in the picturesque village of Warley. In Dec 2001 we became the first club in West Yorkshire to achieve FA Charter Standard Development Club status. In 2002 we merged with the Warley Town open age team (2 teams), and as a result now have an exit route for the kids as they reach adulthood. In Nov 2002 the club was included in the first batch of 90 clubs UK wide that were awarded FA Charter Standard Community Club status.
We are always looking for new players across our 10 age groups and have a code of conduct that promotes equality and fairness. Learn more about joining our club by clicking here. Our club has strong links with local schools including St Mary’s, Sacred Heart and Ling Bob. We also have links with professional clubs such as Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.
The main objectives and ideals of Warley Rangers JFC are to promote discipline, fair play and sportsmanship through: ‘Enjoyment of participating in football in a safe environment’ – ‘Play to Enjoy (to win is a bonus)’
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