Project developing Asian female football coaches wins London Sport Award

Published: 13 March 2018

A project supported by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, the Football Association and the Black, Asian Coaches Association won an award at the London Sports Awards ceremony held on Thursday 8 March.

The annual London Sport Award Ceremony, which was held at Wembley Stadium, celebrates the very best of community sport in London and recognises those working through projects initiatives to increase physical activity and sport in the Capital.

Muslimah Sports Association and partners – Asian Women’s Workforce Partnership won The Workforce Award in association with Premier for improving the lives of Londoners. The project which is designed to help tackle low levels of sporting participation among female minority ethnic groups in Redbridge was delivered by a coalition of four leading sports bodies.

Over a six-month period, fifteen Asian women in east London were given tailored and targeted support from London Sport, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, Muslimah Sports Association and Essex FA to develop specialist football skills and become FA Level 1 Coaches.

Yashmin Harun, Chair & Founder of Muslimah Sports Association, said: “This award is for all the partners who worked relentlessly to deliver a tailored course to meet the needs of the local community. More importantly it goes to show what can be achieved when stakeholders come together with the same goal in mind.

“Recognition should also be given to the ladies who participated in the course as they never gave up on their dreams to be involved in football once again. We now have fifteen qualified black and minority ethic female coaches who are ready to deliver and inspire the next generation and to bring empowerment through sports is such a great and rewarding thing.”

Cllr Sheila Bain, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said, “It’s great that we have won this award. We are committed to helping people from all ethnic backgrounds to be more active and take part in sport and community activities in the borough. The women who took part in this project are an inspiration to their communities."

Residents can find out more about leisure and activities in Redbridge by visiting the Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure website

View the  Do More blog to find out more about the project. 

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