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Kensington Borough FC launch Spacehive crowdfunding project

The latest crowdfunding opportunity in Kensington and Chelsea is now available to enable a community run football team to compete in a semi-professional league and to hold a community football tournament for young people in the borough.

Established in 2012, Kensington Borough Football Club was set up to engage and involve young people in Kensington and Chelsea in sports, helping them to develop teamwork, discipline, build aspiration and focus them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The ‘Green Army’ have excelled through the seasons and are now playing in the Semi Professional Division 1 of the South Midlands Spartans Football League.

In order to help them to continue in their success, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs of pitch hire, league entry and travel costs.  A celebratory football tournament at the end of the season, to scout new players and involve in the entire community has also been lined up.

Making Communities Work and Grow (MCWG), a long established community organisation in North Kensington have been at the helm of this football club.  MCWG lead and coordinator of Kensington Borough FC, Ahmed Bhairien said: “We set up Kensington Borough FC to open doors for disadvantaged young people from a variety of backgrounds.  This community-led football team needs your support to continue to give them focus and aspiration.  Your support will help recognise their achievements and enable the Club to carry on inspiring young people through sport”.

The group have to December 2 2016 to raise over £14,000. To pledge to this project, visit their Spacehive project page: www.spacehive.com/Kensington-Borough-FC

If you have an idea for crowdfunding, or are interested in finding out about what has been crowdfunded so far, please visit The Kensington and Chelsea Hive.  Also visit Westway’s Community Grants Hive .

 

 

 

 

Sponsors: Kensington Borough FC needs your help!

Move over Hammersmith and Fulham-based Chelsea FC as The Royal Borough’s top team, Kensington Borough FC, have continued their rapid rise through the football league structure, through the Middlesex County Football League and into the South Midlands Spartans Football League Division One – the sixth step of the National Football League.

Established in 2010, the club is co-ordinated by Making Communities Work & Grow, a North Kensington-based organisation who seek to encourage young people into sports, build friendships and raise aspiration through the team.

But, as their short passing, quick movement football has seen them soar through the divisions, the costs involved in training, travel and hosting matches have become higher and higher.

To help them keep up their sterling record, the club are looking for sponsorship. The co-ordinator of the club, Ahmed Bhairien would be keen to discuss options for any level of sponsorship, which may include…

Your name in the weekly programme and Kensington Borough FC website – £300

Plus a pitch-side hoarding – £500

Plus your logo on tracksuits – £1500

Plus sponsorship of the home and away kits, free entry to home games, complementary drinks and a signed shirt – £2500.

For more information, or to discuss sponsorship options, do contact Ahmed at ahmed.bhairien@mcwg.org.uk / 07814 517086.

 

City Living, Local Life: The Chelsea Festival returns to the Worlds End, this Saturday…

With a little help from the Chelsea Riverside Councillors through City Living, Local Life, EPIC Youth’s Chelsea Festival is back again this year – and this time it’s sporty!

As well as activities for all the family, including a bouncy castle, batak wall, rodeo bull, bungee run, aeroball and sumo suits, to get into the spirit of the Rio Games there are prizes to be won across a range of sports including:

5-a-side football

With 2 pools for juniors (aged 7-11) and seniors (12-16), the tournaments take place between 11am-4pm at the World’s End pitch. Sign up is first-come, first-served basis and you can book your place (and the chance at the cash prize) by contacting youth.participation@epiccic.org.uk, calling 07875878859 or completing the following form.

So get down to the World’s End (King’s Road, SW10 0DR) on Saturday, 20 August for a free day of EPIC activities from 12pm-5pm.

City Living, Local Life: Premier League Kicks in the Royal Borough

With City Living, Local Life support from Brompton and Hans Town, Chelsea Riverside, Redcliffe, Royal Hospital and Stanley wards, Chelsea FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks is expanding in the Royal Borough.

The programme offers anyone aged between 11 – 19 twice weekly football coaching and competitions – and the best bit? It doesn’t Costa thing!

As well as free top-class coaching and the chance to have a kick-around, the Premier League Kicks programme provides a series of workshops on healthy living, volunteering and job prospects, drug and alcohol awareness and first aid – equipping you to navigate life’s Hazards.

So whether you’re a true blue or not, Zouma yourself down to St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, SW3 6NR every Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8pm.

To take part in the programme, all young people require a consent form, filled out and signed by an appropriate adult. Forms are available when you turn up to your first session.

For more information do contact Josh Keys, Premier League Kicks co-ordinator at Josh.Keys@chelseafc.com.

 

Feature: Solidarity Sports, nurturing wellbeing and confidence through Sport

By James Yabut, Kensington and Chelsea Community Reporter

“We don’t advertise for volunteers: it’s all done by word of mouth. We couldn’t function without them.” Sean Mendez, director of children’s charity Solidarity Sports, explaining why the goodwill of volunteers is so important, and why such a small team can have such a big impact.

Solidarity Sports 1Founded by Sean in 2007, his charity offers a programme of sports, healthy eating, and arts and crafts projects to children from disadvantaged backgrounds to help boost their sense of well-being, confidence, and teamwork skills.

Referrals are received from schools and local authorities across London, but the majority come from Kensington & Chelsea. This year around 200 children will benefit from their work. Regular meetings with parents will ensure that each child gets the attention and supervision they need.

We meet following the end of another hectic half-term for Sean and his team, and he is busy finalising plans for the charity’s summer programme. This will include a trip to the Isle of Wight where the kids can try their hand at abseiling  and rock climbing, and whizz along zip wires. For many it will be a rare chance to escape the city.

Sean is familiar with the problems that children brought up in London face. Growing up in Earls Court where access to private gardens was impossible, and play spaces were few and far between, he and his friends resorted to playing games and riding bikes in Brompton Cemetery. At weekends he joined his mother, Miriam, who worked at a centre for young people with learning disabilities. With hindsight, setting up Solidarity Sports must have seemed inevitable.

Today, he wonders how much progress they can make without more support, and it becomes clear what drives him: frustration at the lack of play spaces and organised sports for children of all backgrounds, a belief that schools should be teaching kids to be smarter about the food industry’s marketing techniques, and a sadness at seeing poorer families having to leave their homes.

Soldarioty Sports 2What chance, he asks, do their healthy eating classes have against the immense marketing budgets of the giant food corporations? These are not the kinds of battles they can fight alone. “The education system has not kept up,” he says. ”Kids need to be made aware of the dangers of high sugar and processed foods. Society needs to do more.” He firmly believes much more could be done to help charities like his: “A lot of people want to do good but lack the resources.”

The charity has flourished since its start: in 2011 they published their own cookbook, Kids Cook the World and Sean is hopeful of a follow-up. The main aim, though, is for Solidarity Sports to grow bigger still so that more and more children can benefit from their projects. As Sean puts it: “The biggest compliment I can give to our volunteers is that we are an extended family to our kids.”

The RISE Festival, 26-28 June – Festival fun for all in Dalgarno!

RISE 3Dalgarno Dwellers! This weekend community spaces and venues will be transformed around the Dalgarno Estates for family fun, food and frolics as the RISE Festival kicks off for it’s first ever year.

Organised by St. Francis Church on Dalgarno Way and supported by the local Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the festival will host a range of activities, from football skills to climbing, singing to art workshops and culminates in a big community lunch and an even bigger RISE balloon release!

For more information or to book a space on one of the workshops below, get in touch with the Festival at risefestivaldalgarno@gmail.com / 07791 191100. For more information on the Festival do visit the RISE Festival website and check out their Facebook page.

RISE 2

Create your own cup fairy-tale at London Challenge Cup 2015

Aged between 16 and 21 and fancy joining in with the magic of the London Challenge Cup?

Created by Pathway Sports in affiliation with the London FA the 7-a-side cup runs from Tuesday, 31 March – Thursday, 2 April 2015 at Meridian Sports and Social Club (Charlton Park Lane, SE7 8QS) with games kicking off between 12.00pm-4.00pm.

With food provided by Nando’s and Grill Master, music and NatWest and Barclays activity stalls through-out, it promises to be a barnstorming day of two halves.

The Cup is open to all teams, groups, colleges or simply any group of friends who want to join in. To apply, or for further information, please visit the Pathway Sports website (www.ptwgrp.org). The deadline for applications is 10th March 2015.

And to complete the list of football clichés, this really is a top, top effort by Pathway Sports, and at the end of the day you can’t say fairer than that.

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