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Could more women Bend it like Beckham? 15 inspirational Asian women achieve FA level 1 coaching award

Women’s football in Redbridge and surrounding boroughs should shortly start reaping the benefits of having fifteen newly qualified Asian women coaches in the borough.

In a bid to help tackle low levels of sporting participation among female minority ethnic groups in the London Borough of Redbridge, 2017 saw Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure work with a coalition of leading sports bodies and partners and in collaboration with Muslimah Sports Association (MSA) to successfully support 15 Asian women through a 6-month project resulting in them achieving their level 1 FA coaching award.

Yashmin Harun, Chair of MSA, attributes the success of the project to the commitment of all the partners involved who were able to create a tailored course providing targeted support to this group of women enabling them to develop their specialist football coaching skills.

The MSA were proud to be involved with such a pioneering project which has resulted in more ethnic minority female coaches for London. It is hoped that as a result of this course, Asian women will feel empowered to push the boundaries and try football and other sports.

SportsTeamMosque14Dec17 (02)Pictured: Yashmin Harun, Chair of Muslimah Sports Association and
Mark Healy, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

Special thanks go to London Sport and the Essex FA for championing the project and to the FA and the Black, Asian Coaches Association for their support.

London Sport’s Specialist Advisor for Workforce, Dean Nevill was delighted with the success of the project and said that he hoped this can now be adapted as a model to support more people across the whole of London to become community champions of physical activity, and contribute to a more active London now, and in the future.

Andrew Crowl, Coaching Development Officer from the Essex FA was looking forward to supporting these ladies on their continuing coaching journey, whilst Cindi Chatha, Equality & Inclusion Officer felt that the ladies were not only inspiring to others within their community, but are role models to the next generation of females from a BAME background.  She hopes that reading about this will inspire others to actively participate within football.

Watch this space to find out how our newly qualified coaches are faring as they take their first steps into sport coaching!

For more information visit London Sport or the Essex FA

Post Author: Mark Healy, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure





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Celebrating Healthy Families in Redbridge in Loxford Park!

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and NELFT Healthy Eating Team hosted a celebration with families in Loxford Park on Monday 24 August. It was a celebration to mark a fantastic year for the MEND, Little Dudes and Active Stars weight management programme; becoming healthier through healthy eating and physical activity.

Despite an unfortunate forecast and a very wet morning, it was a pleasure to see so many families turn up to Loxford Park to celebrate being a healthy family in Redbridge. There was plenty of fun to be had and activities for all ages to enjoy, in particular the beach volleyball session and healthy food tasters! The turn out proved the determination of the healthy families, a bit of rain never hurt anyone!

Beach volleyball

There were a variety of stalls from providers for families to enjoy. Vision RCL Sport and Health Team had a stall with information of all the physical activity options the Sport and Health Team provide. They also had information on other activities in the borough provided by outside organisations. For updates from the Sport and Health Team, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Everyone enjoyed the healthy snacks, activities and information about healthy food from NELFT healthy eating team. Also popular was the ISS education stall. ISS education came in full force with plenty of healthy ingredients for everyone to try out such as pea pate and a delightful spinach, banana, mango and pineapple smoothie – created on the smoothie bike! The smoothie bike attracted a lot of attention. Encouraging physical activity, the smoothie bike creates a smoothie from the energy produced riding and pedalling! Your efforts are rewarded with a delicious healthy drink afterwards!

Smoothie bike

Find out more information about what services NELFT Healthy Eating Team and ISS education provide.

Fit for Fun, School Nursing Team & Infant Feeding Team and the local Children’s Centres all had a stall providing information on the local services and activities they have to offer.

See what is going on at your local Children’s Centre in Redbridge and find more information of Free Fit for Fun exercise classes.

Sport & Health Team Tent in Loxford park

There are a number of Healthy Workshops throughout the year, so if you are looking for some support with healthy eating or increasing physical activity in your family, please do not hesitate to contact the Healthy Weight Teams today. View more information on Healthy Kids in Redbridge & Weight Management Support.

For more information on how to get involved in any of our healthy eating sessions contact: or for active stars contact the team on

Post Author: Eleanor Wilkinson

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Physical Fun and Friendly Furious: my intro to Handball

I’ve heard of Handball’s popularity in other parts of Europe with my Swedish and Hungarian friend very keen on the sport. I had never seen it or played it before myself. I’m always looking to take on a new challenge so thought I would give it a go.

I found it hard to grasp the hand position and grip on the ball. Growing up with netball all through school it was hard to turn off the netball technique which I’m so used to. The coach kept explaining that I needed to grip the ball in the palm of my hand and raise my arm far behind my head. A few drills later and I still couldn’t master it. She tried another approach “Think of the movement like a whip; raising your arm high with a quick swish and flicking action from your wrist. You could even try making the noise as you do it.” Surprisingly that worked! I made the whipping noise and threw the ball correctly for the first time all evening!

It was now time for a passing game, not quite ready to play Handball yet. We were divided into two teams. The first team to reach 11 passes back to back without dropping the ball won. It didn’t take us long to realise that the key to winning was short quick passes. This was a key skill to Handball.

After a few games we were ready to play the real thing. Still in the same teams but now assigned positions. I was assigned as the goalkeeper. As the goalkeeper I was the only player allowed in the scoring D. In this section the goalkeeper can also move and dribble with the ball as much as they want. Other players can only move 3 steps with the ball and dribble with a few bounces, unlike basketball where you can bounce the ball up and down as much as you like. The goalkeeper is able to leave the goal area and play on the rest of the court, even to shoot but that means leaving the goal wide open, which I learnt the hard way was not a good thing to do! Not sure if these are the exact rules as there weren’t as many players as there are on a normal team, so the coach may have adapted them.

Our technique of quick short passes worked really well for my team and we managed to win 10-6! With lots of running and sprinting, I quickly determined that Handball is a fast paced game! A great cardio workout and loads of fun! The women at the session, like me, had never played before but we were all raving about the sport by the end of it! We hadn’t met before but all vowed to go back again and play the following week. It’s a very sociable game as it’s a team sport. We all got on well and enjoyed playing as a team!

Why not give it a go? It would be great to have enough players for a full team of 7-a-side, that way I wouldn’t have to play two positions and cover the goal!

Handball is the new edition to Us Girls for the summer. Come along and try it at Wanstead Leisure Centre Tuesdays 8pm-9pm and Thursdays 6pm-7pm.

View more information on sessions this summer

Post Author: Sarah O’Brien

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Go Tri Duathlon comes to Redbridge

Friday 24 April saw the first Go Tri Duathlon at Cricklefields Athletic Ground. Aimed at beginners new to the sport, participants had to run 1 mile, cycle 2 miles and finish with another mile run.

Local resident Andy took part and had the following to say:

Just wanted to say thanks for putting on the Duathlon on Friday evening. Me and a group of friends decided to ride over to Ilford Athletic Club and give it a go. One or two of us were a bit nervous about the cycling part, but the marshals were so friendly and supportive, those nerves soon disappeared! The race distance was perfect too. I think people will be surprised at how much fun they’d have if they came down and gave Duathlon a go. It’s a brilliant way of getting fitter and because it’s on an athletics track, we were never more than a few strides or pedals away from the others taking part, which meant there was support and cheers at every turn. What I really enjoyed most was, no matter who finished first or last, everybody stuck around to cheer and applaud each finisher over the line. We are all definitely coming back down to the next one at Cricklefields to see if we can better our last performance and to have some fun.

Andy, South Park Terrace, Ilford.


Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure will be hosting a series of 4 further events over the summer:
Fridays 19 June, 17 July, 21 August and 18 September. View Duathlon dates on our calender of events by selecting the summer months in the date section below the search box.
To book your place on the next Duathlon click here. Cost £5 if paid in advance/ £6 on the day. Registration opens at 6.30pm. The event is open to everyone aged 14 and over. Bikes must be in road worthy condition and a helmet worn.

Post Author: Craigie-Lee Paterson

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AthleFit-Channel the Athlete in You

The adult AthleFit sessions at Seven Kings High School on Monday evenings saw four of its attendees awarded sport water bottles for their great effort and attendance for 6 weeks.athlefit

The AthleFIT sessions are inclusive of every age,background and ability and are an exciting way to have fun and get fit at the same time. It is an athletics themed fitness session taken by a qualified instructor and is the perfect way to meet new people and experience tailored workouts with a bit of friendly rivalry if you so want.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh way to get some exercise or pulling on your trainers for the first time in years, AthleFit is for you!

There is now a new AthleFit class as well on a Tuesday afternoon, 2.30pm-3.30pm at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford as well as the Monday evening session at Seven Kings High School 6pm-7pm. Both sessions are £3 each with no need to book.

View an Athlefit session in action from England Athletics!

For enquiries:

Post Author: Natalie Pope

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London Youth Games Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 15 November 2014 Team Redbridge’s cross country runners took part in the first day of competition for the 2015 London Youth Games season. A total of 43 runners represented Redbridge at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. The team was selected from the Redbridge Schools Cross Country Championships earlier this year.

LYG Cross Country

Ahmed Adbulle pictured above won a gold medal in the male Under 17s race on Saturday, where there were nearly 1,200 young London runners, representing 33 London Boroughs. Medals were presented to winning individuals by London 2012 Olympic Marathon Scott Overall. In the girls U15s race Isabella Hoy took 7th place.

Overall Team Results:

  • Boys Under 13s –15th
  • Girls Under 13s –21st
  • Boys Under 15s – 24th
  • Girls Under 15s – 10th
  • Boys Under 17s – 11th
  • Girls Under 17s – 24th
  • Overall Boys Team -14th
  • Overall Girls Team– 21st

The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sport event which is free and open to young people aged between 7 and 18 years old. There are over 30 sports to take part in, from athletics to weightlifting there is something for everyone. For more information on the London Youth Games visit our website.

To register your interest in taking part for Team Redbridge at the 2015 London Youth Games contact Elysia Barrick:

Post Author: Natalie Pope 

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Last Man Stands end of season cricket round-up!

League Match Report

The final of the Cup will see Kerry Packer Clique take on Chakwal Stars on 3 September, while in the Plate competition, Ilford Knightriders will meet PAK Warriors on 27 August.

Come and see what Redbridge Last Man Stands is all about in this, the final countdown to the season. The matches will take place at Hainault Recreation Ground, Forest Road, IG6 3HQ starting at 5.45pm. Join the 200 or so strong band of spectators and see ‘Last Man Stands’ in action! 

LMS Regional Competition

The draw has been made for the regional and Chakwal Stars will represent Redbridge in the Regional tournament with their 1st match next Sunday at Barnes. There is support for all teams taking part with a chance to win £5,000 towards Barbados 2015 World Champs.

Last Man Stands London Champs League 2014 fixtures

LMS Redbridge organisers, captains and umpires meeting

There will be an end of season meeting on Wednesday 10 September for all Umpires, Captains and Organisers whether your team is currently playing LMS or not. This will be to review the season and discuss Redbridge Last Man Stands going forward. The meeting will be at Fairlop Waters at 7.30pm.

LMS Redbridge Presentation Evening

All current and past LMS players are invited to a presentation evening on Thursday 18 September at Fairlop Waters. Evening includes prize giving, guest speaker and special buffet meal.

Fairlop Waters, Forest Road Barkingside IG6 3HN

Information about Fairlop Waters

For further information on LMS or to confirm attendance at one of these events email

Post Author: Ian Selby