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Galacticos & Burslem Bullets win Halloween Night Tournament

Engage Communities held another free popular six-a-side football tournament on Friday 31st October 2014 at The Co-operative Academy. The tournament was held on Halloween night to help keep kids off the streets and divert them from anti-social behaviour. It was a great tournament with numerous talented youngsters and teams displaying their skills on the day. We had 14 teams in total playing in the tournament with 112 young people participating. We would also like to thank all the young volunteers for helping on the day. Finally thanks to the parents, family and friends for supporting the young people and their teams on the day.

Congratulations to Burslem Bullets for winning the under 15 category and Galacticos for winning the under 18 group. The winners were given free tickets to watch a Port Vale match. We used the Bala Pro Fairtrade footballs throughout the tournament once again. Here are the results for the day:

Under 15 age group
Burslem Bullets (winners)
Balotellitubys (runners-up)
Golden Glove Award: Liam Ashton, Balotellitubys
Top Goal Scorer: Mohammed Chowdhury, Chicken Tikka Taka
Fair Play Award: Billy Khan, Fenerbahce’s No 1 FC
Player of the Tournament: Aaron Dodd, Burslem Bullets

16 – 18 age group
Galacticos (winners)
Real Deal FC (runners-up)
Golden Glove Award: Ziaphat Ali, Fast Five
Top Goal Scorer: Hassan Ahmed, Galacticos
Fair Play Award: Balal Basharat, Real Deal FC
Player of the Tournament: Joel Mann, Burslem Never Losen

The photos were taken, edited and uploaded by our young volunteer, Ayman Matloob, age 14 in our gallery section here http://goo.gl/LTlzkr



ROUND HOUSE WIN COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Project of theYear Engage Communities Round House Boxing

Last night on the 4th November 2014 saw some of the county’s finest sporting clubs and volunteers coming together to be honoured at the Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Sports Awards.  Held at Staffordshire County Council the event recognised the achievements  and commitment of local people in developing local community sport.  Awards were up for grabs in five categories and proved a challenging task for the judging panel in selecting county winners.  GB Cycling Performance Academy member, Emily Nelson, from Lichfield was also present to inspire the audience with her sporting journey to date and her aspirations after already grabbing a world record junior title.  After a tense lead up to the awards, we were very pleased to win the Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Project of the Year 2014.  Carl Bennett pictured of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Public Health presented Round House with the award.

The Round House Boxing satellite club was created to reduce the tensions that were highlighted following the recent merger of two schools in Stoke-on-Trent and to improve community cohesion in the area.  The project brings young people from all communities together in a fun boxing environment, helping to instil discipline and teach respect whilst learning about each other and making new friends.  The boxing sessions are open to the wider community helping to bring together diverse sections of the community in a positive and productive  environment.  The project has successfully contributed to the work of Engage Communities in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Sport Across  Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Director Mark Thornewill comments “It was a fantastic night at the Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Community Sports Awards and a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the great work and commitment of the coaches, clubs and volunteers involved  in organising sport across our area.  All of the nominees are truly community sport champions”.

We will go on to represent Staffordshire &  Stoke-on-Trent at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards.  This event is organised by the six County  Sports Partnerships in the West Midlands in partnership with the BBC to  celebrate the work of high performing individuals, dedicated volunteers and  clubs and their quality, commitment and dedication to grassroots sport in the region.  This year’s Awards Dinner takes place at Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday 27th November and will be hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenters  Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes.  Seven awards will be presented during the evening, which will be attended by some  of the West Midlands Commonwealth Games medallists and Winter Olympians.

Courtesy of http://www.sportacrossstaffordshire.co.uk

 

 

 

 



Round House receives national recognition at the Houses of Parliament


Round House Boxing Satellite Club hosted by The Discovery Academy and funded by SASSOT have been announced Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year runner up. Round House Boxing Club was 1 of 3 national finalists selected from 45 counties nationwide who attended an awards ceremony yesterday in London at the Houses of Parliament. Round House Boxing Club was established in 2012 with a focus upon engaging young people from local disadvantaged communities into boxing. This satellite club, which takes place on Tuesdays 3.30pm all year round has been running since March 2014 and successfully attracted 60 young people between the ages of 11 and 18. The satellite club was created to help address racial tensions within the school resulting from a recent school merger. It has a non-contact set up and focuses strongly on agility and fitness, building confidence and teaching discipline. Young people are encouraged to take responsibility and to develop their leadership skills, keeping them motivated to continue.

“Round House Boxing Club is delighted to be runner up for Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year award. This is a great achievement for the club, coaches and partners involved with making the satellite club a success. Round House Boxing Club has had a positive impact on the local community helping to bring young people together that are from different ethnic groups using boxing to build social cohesion. Boxing has been used to raise aspirations and inspire the young people and coaches involved. The club has helped young people with goal-setting and discipline leading to a wider impact within the school through increasing concentration, performance and confidence building.” Yaser Mir, Founder Round House Boxing Club.

Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, Director Mark Thornewill commented: “Our Sport England funded satellite clubs programme is providing hundreds of young people with the opportunity to participate in exciting sports activities in a club setting. I am delighted that the Round House Boxing Club was nominated as a finalist for the Sport England Satellite Club of the Year award. The club and its coaches have been doing some fantastic work at the Discovery Academy and they are a key partner in supporting the successful integration of young people from different ethnic backgrounds into a new school. With a focus on encouraging young people from different social and ethnic backgrounds to take responsibility and develop their leadership skills the Round House Boxing Club is an excellent example of how sport can help change young people’s lives for the better.”

Project participant commented “Before I was always fighting on the streets, I was being rude to my teachers, misbehaving at home and not getting the education I needed. I was making life worse for my family and myself. Now I am not fighting on the streets. I am doing well in school. I now go home to see smiles on my families’ faces instead of frowns. That itself tells me I’ve accomplished something. I truly believe that I am now setting my straight path to success. After I get good grades in school, I would like to go college and study law. After I have passed my A levels I would like to go to university to get a degree in law. If I was still fighting on the streets then I would have no chance in reaching these goals, instead I would be working in a take away, which is not the life that I want.”

Courtesy of http://www.sportacrossstaffordshire.co.uk



Round House win Silver Award @ Houses of Parliament

Round House Boxing Satellite Club was 1 of 3 finalists shortlisted for Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year.  There are 3700 Satellite Sport Clubs in the country which will increase to 5000 clubs by the year 2015.  The awards ceremony was held in London at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 21st October.  We are pleased to have finished as overall Satellite Club of the Year runners-up.  Club founder Yaser Mir said: “The club is delighted to be runner-up for Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year.  Round House Boxing Club has had a positive impact on the local community, helping to bring young people together from different ethnic groups, using boxing to build social cohesion.  Boxing has been used to raise aspirations and inspire the young people and coaches.  The club has helped young people with goal-setting and discipline, leading to a wider impact within the school through increasing concentration, performance and confidence building.”

 

 



Halloween Night Football Tournament

Engage Communities are hosting another FREE six-a-side football tournament at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent on Friday 31st October 2014. The tournament will run from 5pm-9.30pm for 2 age categories under-15 & under-18. Tournament kicks off at 6pm. Team captains must arrive to register their team at 5pm (max 8 players per team). However we will still need confirmation before the tournament ASAP if you are entering a team. Fair play, top goal scorer, golden glove & player of the tournament awards in both age groups. Trophies for all winners. The tournament is open to all. If you would like to enter a team then please contact one of our Community Interacters or email us at info@engagecommunities.org to request a team registration form. We will also be scouting for Engage FC our new 11-a-side football teams and also Port Vale FC on the day. Winners will also receive FREE tickets to a Port Vale match.



BBC visit Round House @ The Co-op Academy

BBC Radio Stoke interview with Round House Boxing Club ahead of our visit to the Houses of Parliament as national finalists for Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year.  The BBC visited our Satellite Boxing Club at The Co-operative Academy along with Chloe Groves from SASSOT.  Chloe nominated Round House for the National Satellite Club Award.  Listen to the full interview on BBC Radio Stoke played on Tuesday 21st October 2014 here https://soundcloud.com/engagecic/round-house-boxing-club-off-to-the-houses-of-parliament



Bonfire Night Football Tournament

Engage Communities in partnership with Stoke City’s Premier League Kicks Project are hosting a FREE 7 v 7 Bonfire Night Football Tournament at Staffordshire University on Wednesday 5th November 2014. The tournament will run from 6pm-10pm for 3 age categories under12s, under-15s & an open age category for anyone above 16. Tournament kicks off at 7pm. Team captains must arrive to register their team at 6pm (max 10 players per team). However we will still need confirmation before the tournament if you are entering a team. Therefore if you would like to enter a team then please email us or contact Yaser Mir or Ben Gibson to request a team registration form. Please get your team names with team captain and age group to us ASAP, as this tournament will be very popular and places are likely to get taken very quickly. Fair play, top goal scorer & player of the tournament awards. Trophies for all winners and FREE tickets to a Stoke City Match. We will also be scouting for Engage FC and Stoke City Kicks on the day.

 



ATHAR IQBAL TAKES GOLD AT YORKSHIRE OPEN 2014!

Round House TKD had 3 young people competing in the Yorkshire Open Championships 2014 yesterday.  Brad Bergamini and Iqbal Ali both won silver medals in the finals of their respective categories.  The youngest fighter Athar Iqbal stopped both his fighters in the semi-final and final to take gold.  Athar is continuously improving and shows enormous dedication by never missing a training session.  If you put the work in, the results will show.  Well done Team Round House.



Lethal Le Doux crowned King of the Manor

Well done to Jamal ‘Lethal’ Le Doux for winning last night.  Jamal headlined the packed show in front of hundreds of boxing fans at Fenton Manor.  Congratulations coach on another win.  Read more about the build up to Jamal’s fight in The Sentinel newspaper here:

Boxing: Jamal LeDoux ready to be crowned lord of the manor at Fenton

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/…/story-23052548…/story.html…

 



Galacticos & Fast Five win Engage Tournament @ Goals

Engage Communities held another free popular five-a-side football tournament on Friday 19th September 2014 at Goals Holden Lane. The tournament was supported by Port Vale’s charity arm, Vale Park Community Initiative through funding obtained from the Police & Crime Commissioner.

The Police & Crime Commissioner Mr Ellis attended the tournament and said: “I really enjoyed watching the football tournament to see the work being done and to see how well young children in the area are engaging.

“Projects like this are great for engaging young local people, giving them a chance to keep active whilst teaching them a new skill.”

We had 10 teams playing in the under 19 group and we had 15 teams in the under 15 age group. In total we had 25 teams and 175 young people participating. We would also like to thank all the young volunteers and StreetGames for helping on the day. Finally thanks to the parents, family and friends for supporting the young people and their teams. Congratulations to Galacticos for winning the under 15 category and Fast Five for winning the under 19 group. The winners were given free tickets to watch the Port Vale v Barnsley game. We used the Bala Pro Fairtrade footballs throughout the tournament once again. Here are the results for the day:

Under 15 age group
Galacticos (winners)
Burslem Bullets (runners-up)
Golden Glove Award: Owais Mukhtar Galacticos
Top Goal Scorer: Amaar Khan, Galacticos
Fair Play Award: Abu-Bakr Zaheer, Galacticos
Player of the Tournament: Martin Bentham, Stone FC

Under 19 age group
Fast Five (winners)
Elite 6 (runners-up)
Golden Glove Award: Ziaphat Ali, Fast Five
Top Goal Scorer: Mustufa Rehman, Fast Five
Fair Play Award: Reuben Lim, Elite 6
Player of the Tournament: Adnan Hussain, Elite 6

The photos were taken, edited and uploaded by our young volunteer, Ayman Matloob, age 14 in our gallery section here http://goo.gl/S5JDLr