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My Journey… FA Level 1 Coaching Football

As a youngster I used to play football with the children around the area. I used to go home after school grab a snack and meet outside and play football on the streets until it got dark. At the age of 14 my parents didn’t think it was it right for me to be playing football with boys it was a combination of religious and cultural reasons. It was not normal for an Asian girl at my age playing football and especially with only boys. I respected my parents’ decision as I was up against stigma myself from some of my relatives and thought it was time to stop playing. I missed playing so much that I looked to see if there were only female clubs where I could play, I did manage to find one but the coach was male so I was unable to join. There were too many religious and cultural barriers I was facing I decided to accept that I was not going to continue playing football.

As the years went by I missed playing football. I have three children and always have a kick about with them in the park. One day as I was browsing through my Facebook a suggested paged popped up, it was MSA (Muslimah Sports Association) I opened the page and the first post was FA LEVEL 1 course 3 spaces available. I thought to myself is this meant to be, like a sign, I contacted them and registered. This was a chance for me to do something I am passionate about, it was also my opportunity to break down the cultural barriers’ and inspire women and girls to play football.04

The FA level 1 course was tailored well. It took place once a week on Saturday mornings. As a mother of three at first, I was unsure about taking up my Saturdays as it was the only day my children didn’t have anything happening so family time with them would be affected. But the course started at 9.30 and finished at 2pm so I still had most of the day to spend with them and after 3 consecutive Saturdays we had one Saturday off which was good. The course took place in Al Medina Mosque and our tutor took a break around the prayer time and allowed those who wanted to pray to do so.

After I got my coaching qualification, the following week I volunteered with the MSA. I coach alongside another coach on Fridays with females 12 years and over. I have been coaching every Friday since October, this has given me confidence and I have been able to pick up new things and improve as a coach.01

Yashmin from MSA messaged everyone who did the level 1 course and told us there was a paid coaching job available at Frenford club. I was interested so I contacted them and I was given the role. I started on 13 January and I will be coaching under 8’s until May and then a few days in June. For my first two sessions I was supported by another coach. This Saturday will be my 3rd week and I will be running the whole session on my own with my own games and drills. The coach who is helping me said they will support me on my journey, and if I would like to progress they will put me on the FA level 2 course. The FA have also been very supportive and are helping me to progress as much as possible.

The FA Level 1 course has been the best decision I have made. I am passionate about football and I want to see more girls and women, especially within the BAME, coaching and playing football. Hopefully I can inspire women and tackle the low levels of sporting participation among female minority ethnic groups, I hope my story empowers women to push the boundaries and break down the barriers that we have to face.

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For more information visit London Sport or the Essex FA

Read our blog post on the FA level 1 coaching award in Redbridge

Guest author: Yasmin Hussain

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Fabulous February: Top 5 General events for you and the family this half term

It’s time to make the most of your holidays, February is the perfect time to get active and prepare yourself for the summer. We’ve got a wide range of activities available to help you to get out and get active, or sit back and enjoy one of our shows, the choice is yours!

This is just a small selection of our February events, if you would like to see more please visit our website.

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Water Sports Camp: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre

Ever thought about becoming a sea adventurer? Well, first you’ll need to learn the basics and that involves all the skills you’ll need on the water.  At our Watersports camp held at Fairlop Outdoor Activity centre, now is your chance to have fun while you learn how to sail, canoe, kayak and much more!

This camp will give those with some water sport experience the chance to complete their proficiency awards. Wetsuits and waterproofs are provided to help keep the cold at bay. All coaching is delivered by RYA and BC qualified instructors. All you need to bring is a packed lunch, plenty of fluids and a change of clothes.

£150 for the week.
Perfect for ages 8-16.
Drop off at 8.45am and collect by 5pm.
Bookings now being taken! Grab your place by calling: 020 8500 1468 or visit the website

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Storytelling with John Kirk: Monday 12 February at Valentines Mansion

Chinese New Year is round the corner, and with it there are plenty of stories revolving around this celebration! Storyteller John Kirk is coming to Valentines Mansion to present a series of stories inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, from classics to tales from all around the world. This zodiac storytelling session is bound to have something for everybody, so put on your best costumes and head down for an exciting afternoon.

Join us on this adventurous journey. Ideal for ages 5 yrs+
Choose from two sessions (see website)
£5 per child, pre-booking essential.
For more information visit the box office.

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Multi-Sports: Monday 12 to Friday 16 February at Wanstead Leisure Centre

Keeping in shape is important, and the holidays are no time to become lazy! So get up and get ready for some multi-sports.  This fun, engaging club offers a wide range of activities including basketball, football and hockey, as well as fun games like Dodgeball. You will learn skills such as versatility, agility and much more to help you be the best you can be. If that wasn’t enough, to get your competitive spirit going we also run small tournaments where the winner will get the glory!

Don’t miss out on a fun day at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

9am-3pm
£10 per day
For more information or to book contact us on 020 8989 1172 or visit the website

Mrs Back to FrontMarvellous Magic: Wednesday 14 February at Valentines Mansion

Magic has been around for centuries, perplexing people for years in the form of different tricks that have changed throughout time. Now it is your turn to be utterly astounded.

Prepare to be mystified by some marvellous magic tricks as Mrs Back to Front arrives at Valentines Mansion. But that isn’t all! This is also your chance to learn magical fun and secrets that will amaze your friends too as she passes on her special tricks to you!

Don’t miss out on a day of entertainment, fun and mystery. What more could you ask for?
Perfect for ages 5 yrs+

Choose from two sessions:
11.30-12.30pm (magic show & magic workshop)
1pm-2pm (magic show & balloon workshop)
£10 per child, pre-booking essential.
For more information visit the box office.

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TGI Film Night – Tangled: Friday 16 February, 3pm at Redbridge Drama Centre

Stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Princess Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for an adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on hilarious hair-raising escapades with the help of a dashing bandit.

Join us for heart, humour, and hair… Lots of hair.

Redbridge Drama Centre presents Tangled as part of our TGI Film Night; this modern Disney twist on the classic German fairy tale “Rapunzel” from the collection of folk tales published by the brothers Grimm has captivated audiences all over the world. It is Disney’s 50th animated film, and has been nominated for a number of awards such as Best Animated Feature Film in the 68th Golden Globe Awards. As well as winning the best Animation award in the National Movie awards and Best Song (‘I See the Light’) from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

Be sure not to miss out on this cinematic experience perfect for you and the rest of the family.

Book your tickets now

Look for our blog post on top things to do in libraries this Feb half term.. coming soon.

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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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Redbridge Library News: Summer Radio Workshop

Last summer, children aged 9 to 11 years old had the opportunity to take part in a three day workshop at Redbridge Central Library. This Summer Radio Workshop was run by Lab Central and delivered by East London Radio, where participants were able to create their own radio show! The workshop garnered a lot of interest and was run twice, the first at the beginning of August 2017 with the second workshop running two weeks later.

Sumayyah, a participant from the first workshop, joined us again for the second workshop, this time to help produce a news bulletin video. The video aims to give audiences an insight into what went on in the Lab Central workshop, to find out how much the children participating enjoyed it and to get feedback from participants parents. Sumayyah also speaks to the tutor of the workshop, East London Radio director Ian Chambers.

Check out how the radio workshop went in the video below.

To listen to the radio programmes produced by the two groups, visit the Lab Central Soundcloud.

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Hainault Forest Country Park is in the early stages of a £6m restoration project which will see it undergo a programme of work focusing on four key areas – investment in biodiversity, landscape and buildings, works to re-focus the popular children’s zoo and to improve the range of activities on offer for visitors.

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On 9 December 2017 a group joined Francis Castro, Senior Ranger and Project Manager at Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, for a guided winter stroll around Hainault Forest. In beautiful winter sunshine, over the course of two hours, they learned about the flora and fauna, as well as the restoration plans.

In January 2017, the HLF announced support of £4.5m, including development funding of £218,800, for Hainault Forest Country Park’s “Hainault Ancient Forest – a Landscape for the Future” project. The Council will also contribute £1.25m to the project with a further £250,000 from Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure. This brings total investment to £6m. When the project is complete, it is envisaged that Hainault Forest Country Park will be enabled to become financially self-sufficient, and the current Council subsidy will end.

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Covering a total of 800 acres, Hainault Forest includes 250 acres of greenbelt, ancient woodland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is the last fragment of a medieval Royal hunting forest established by Henry I that included Hatfield and Epping.

The forest is also pivotal for local and regional wildlife. To date, 158 species of bird have been recorded in the forest including turtle doves, bullfinches, and three species of woodpecker. There are also more than 940 species of invertebrates such as butterflies and dragonflies, 79 of which are nationally scarce.

Friends of Wanstead Parklands member Richard Arnopp, who went on the walk, said –

“Hainault Forest is important both as a haven for wildlife and a much-needed recreational space for Redbridge’s growing population. It is also a historic landscape with ancient trees, including many pollards, which bear witness to its long management as wood-pasture”.

Richard continued –

“Francis Castro (Vision RCL), the London Borough of Redbridge and the HLF are to be congratulated for this initiative. We hope that the “Hainault Ancient Forest” project will guarantee the future of this special place for many years to come”.

Camelot Path Hainault Forest Country Park is managed by Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge.

 

 


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Things to do in Redbridge this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got lots going on in Redbridge! Why not take a break from all of that Christmas shopping and enjoy these fantastic events taking place in your own backyard. Here are our top picks for things to do in Redbridge this Christmas…

1. Watch Christmas tree lights turn on

We just love visiting Ken Aston Square, and what better excuse than the lighting of the Christmas tree? There’s loads going on in the square and in Fullwell Cross library including festive songs, face painting, a chance to meet Santa and a meet and greet with Wes Streeting MP.

When: Friday 1 December, 3pm-6pm

Where: Ken Aston Square and Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside

Learn more about the event

2. Take a Christmas workshop and do your Christmas shopping

small buisnessLooking for a way to wow your guests this Christmas? Head down to Valentines Mansion where they are running table arrangement workshops and their Christmas fair where you will find some truly unique presents for loved ones.

When: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December

Where: Valentines Mansion

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3. Meet Santa in his grotto

Have you been good this year? Santa has come to Redbridge to spread some Christmas cheer. He will be waiting in his cosy, twinkly grotto with presents to share!

When: Saturday 8 to 23 December, from 11am

Where: Redbridge Central Library

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4. Watch a magical Christmas play

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Struggling to find fun things to occupy your evening this December? Head over to Redbridge Drama Centre for their fantastic adaptation of a literary classic, The Christmas Tale of the Pied Piper. Book your tickets now for this magical evening.

When: Saturday 9 December, 2pm & 5pm and Friday 15 December, 7.30pm

Where: Redbridge Drama Centre

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5. Have a hoot at our Christmas party

Get the kids in the Christmas spirit with an afternoon of unlimited play at Owls play centre including a visit to Santa’s grotto where your child will receive a small gift.

When: Thursday 21 December, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Where: Owls Play Centre, Fairlop Waters

Find out how to book

7. Take part in a family workshop

Use a bit of Christmas magic by turning old used plastic bottles into beautiful light up decorations at our family friendly workshops.

When: Friday 1, Tuesday 5 & Saturday 16 December

Find out more about the workshops by emailing culture@visionrcl.org.uk

8. Visit a Library

Keep the kids busy during the holidays by visiting your local library where there are plenty of games to play and maybe even a chance to make a christmassy craft!

When: Throughout December

Where: Redbridge Libraries

Find out what’s on

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Keep the party going after Christmas and ring in the new year with us at Fairlop Waters. A party for the whole family, you’ll be dancing away the night with our DJ, enjoy a buffet and even a special visit from a guest for the kids!

When: Sunday 31 December

Where: The Boat House, Fairlop Waters

Find out how to book

 

We have a lot more events taking place throughout December including our Christmas Walk to Health, Christmas special Tea Dance and Redbridge Music Service Winter concerts

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#TheStreets Take Over!

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Perhaps Contraption perform in Redbridge Town Hall

Last week The Streets music festival returned to Ilford to brighten the high street with music, jazz and entertainment. The public were treated to fantastic performances in locations in and around the high street. The event started off with a musical street parade with progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption and ended with a soulful performance by international artist Allan Harris at the General Havelock pub.

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Tea Dance at Redbridge Town Hall

Walking in and out of Redbridge Central Library all day, I had the pleasure of catching glimpses of just some of the great acts performing last week. The space next to the welcome desk was transformed into a small stage area where artists such as Randolph Matthews, Ryan Green and Stan Edelman picked up their instruments and amazed the public with their smooth sounds. Over at the Town Hall on Friday, our regulars (and even a few new faces!) were treated to an extra special free tea dance with DJ favourite, Mr Wonderful playing great jazz beats. He was later accompanied by Perhaps Contraption, who made a guest appearance at the dance to get people moving!

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Arun Ghosh at ‘Jazz for Toddlers’ workshop in Redbridge Central Library

The Friday buzz carried on into Saturday as the wet weather wasn’t enough to keep people away! This year Ilford hosted The Jazz Exchange where The Exchange Shopping Centre became a venue for a number of performances by featured artists such as Allan Harris and Natalie Williams. Shoppers were treated to the unique sounds of jazz while they stopped for a coffee in Debenhams Cafe or shopped around the mall. Many visitors stopped to enjoy the full performances before they went on about their day.

The two day event was enjoyed by all the public including adults, families and children. One of my personal highlights was the afternoon street parade, which brought in a huge crowd! Perhaps Contraption, with the power of their instruments and the sound of their voices impressed onlookers who followed the brass band through the high street, many of which were filming the wonderful performance on their phone. One excited child showed her appreciation when she shouted out “They’re good. They’re fantastic.” Now there’s a statement I can agree with!

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Perhaps Contraption perform in a street parade

To re-live the highlights from the event, visit our Twitter moments.
To find out more about The Streets visit the website.

Post Author: Nida Hussain