March, 2015

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Posted by: | Posted on: March 23, 2015

Health & Well Being

Posted by: | Posted on: March 11, 2015

2nd Chance

NCFA National Project Director Paul Cooper on meeting 2nd Chance

The NCFA have been in discussions with 2nd Chance regarding working with them and other agencies on a project to help people in custody and their families.

We have been extremely impressed with the way 2nd Chance work, their philosophy and the hope, structure and future it gives not just the people on their programmes but the families, friends and local community that support them. It has a profound effect and the results have been nothing short of astonishing.

Their mission is a simple one; to inspire positive chance and achievement in people and communities across the UK and beyond.

They believe that change is a process and not just an event; therefore all their programmes support sustainable change and achievement. This is certainly no quick fix but a logical step by step approach that allows for setbacks and problems but at the same time sees them through to the end

2nd chanc Bristol coaches_w300_h1692nd chance achieves success by using sport as a catalyst for positive chance and achievement through a range of award winning projects and services. As a growing social enterprise they have a number of programmes which includes;


Justice Solutions

Coach makers


Training Academy

Community Projects

As part of their Justice Solutions programme they have a sports programme called Beyond the Bars. Beyond the Bars is a range of sports academies that engage people in custody and support their desistance from crime. These academies include popular sports such as Rugby, Football and Cricket which have particular followings in different communities.

This is done through mentoring, education, training and employment initiatives which include opportunities within their business.

Their staff provide resettlement by providing a through the gate service and equipping each participant with a 2nd Chance life plan. They then provide ongoing support for all Beyond the Bars participants as necessary to ensure their long term success.

Many of the participants are found jobs within the community as coaches and part of the academy is getting the right coaching qualifications for participants in their chosen sport

The 2nd Chance Beyond the Bars initiative was a finalist for its use of Sport for Conflict Resolution in 2013 the team were invited Philadelphia, US to share best practice on a global platform.

For more information on 2nd Chance please go to;

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Posted by: | Posted on: March 11, 2015

Peace Fields Project, India

Slum Soccer, India’s Children’s Football Alliance will facilitate the first Peace Fields Football events in 2016, their designated areas of play will be twinned with Flanders Peace Field, site of World War One, 1916, Christmas Truces, where the famous football games were recorded by alie and German soldiers.   The Slum Soccer film produced by the NCFA highlights the importance of the organisations’ work in some of the poorest places in India.  

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OWFlogo-w130_h96Children with the Peace Field Poppy Ball the One World Play Project Football that commemorates Flanders Peace Field.

One World Play Project recognise that Play is in our DNA—a need as important as food, medicine and shelter. It’s an intrinsic part of our lives, regardless of geography or culture, and through play we become stronger individuals, build better communities and create a more positive future.

‘..children are not aware of what is happening to them at times and something like the Peace Fields Project would help us to actually create an environment where they can come and play and feel safe’. Abhijeet Barse, CEO, Slum Soccer

Posted by: | Posted on: March 5, 2015

National Children’s Football Week 2015

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National Children’s Football Week 2015

(Incorporating Football & Peace)

This year the National Children’s Football Week will incorporate the Football & Peace project that will celebrate and reflect on the most famous football game ever played.

A hundred years ago on Christmas Eve 1914 the Allied troops played a game of football against German soldiers. This is incredible when you think that only hours earlier they had been slaughtering each other.

It shows how powerful football can be in uniting people and making new friends. This was the game that they had played as children, jackets for goalposts and a ball, the children’s game.

Monday 13th July to Sunday 26th July 2015

These dates include end of school term time and the start of the summer holiday.


It could be 1v1 balloon football in your bedroom or 2v2 in the garden with some mates. Or perhaps you would like to organise something at school in the playground or school field.

You could organise to meet your friends in the park or see if you and your friend’s parents could club together and hire the local sports hall for a game.

Whatever you do please let us know what you did and take a picture or video clip of your FREE V FREE game.

Please remember to get your parents and or teachers permission for what you are doing.

Information for coaches, parents and teachers.

Are you able to run an event or facilitate a game? It can be as small or large as you want.

A few tips –

  • This is all about the children taking part and having fun
  • NO SUBSTITUTES – everyone plays
  • Small sided games work best as this enables the children to have many touches of the ball 3v3 4v5 etc.
  • To make it authentic as possible use coats, jumpers etc. as goal posts
  • Let the children referee themselves and have ownership of their game

Please tell as many people as possible and let us know what you are planning and how it went.

This is a unique opportunity for our children to take part in a most memorable event. To connect with an inspirational moment in history and celebrate the children;s game.

You can download NCFA materials FREE to help support your occasion or event.

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Send in your stories, your details and your pictures by 2nd September 2015 and we will showcase your celebration on the NCFA website.

Circulate news of “National Children’s Football Week” through social media networks to other football teams/community groups/colleges/universities/local government/politicians in the area.

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Posted by: | Posted on: March 4, 2015

Racism Just Ain’t Saintly

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Rueben Agboola (back row 2nd right) with school children sporting the Black Football Heritage Book

A Saints legend met with Southampton school children in a bid to crack down on racism in football at a grass-roots level, Wednesday February 25th.

Rueben display_500Ex-Saint Reuben Agboola handed out copies of The Black Football Heritage Book which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The book documents some of the most influential black footballers in the history of the British game.   Children from Millbrook School, Bassett Green School and other local schools viewed Southampton Football Club’s rich black football players history which was on display to promote the Racism Ain’t Saintly Campaign.

The event at the Solent University’s Test Park Sports Ground, Southampton follows an incident in Paris which caused a national scandal last week when Chelsea fans were caught on camera singing offensive chants.

Representatives from Saints, Hampshire Football Association, and Sholing FC who won the FA Vase Cup at Wembley also lent their support at the event.

audience_w500Organised by the National Children’s Football Alliance in association with Southampton Solent University, children and invited members of the public were given the opportunity to discuss racism in the game, as well as hear living history in the form of ex- Saint Reuben Agboola.

Reuben recalled that as a professional footballer he witnessed racism from the terraces which was often considered in the 70s, 80s and 90s as ‘just part of the game’.  Reuben, said, “I would often take corner kicks for the Saints, many times I would hear racism and on some one occasions I would have things thrown at me”.


Don John Founder of Black History Month and NCFA organiser

Don John, founder of Black History Month and NCFA’s Race, Equality and Diversity Officer said, “I want to see an end to racism in football in all forms. Football and race have had an uncomfortable relationship in recent times heightened even more so by the behaviour of Chelsea fans in Paris. Southampton plays its small part in responding to these issues by making available these copies of this acclaimed book”.

The NCFA’s Managing Director, Ernie Brennan, said, “The Black Football Heritage Book is an important resource for young people.  It stimulates more questions which is ideal for young enquiring minds.  Racism remains in the game on and off the pitch, clearly there is institutionalised racism in football at all levels – young people have a right to know that complacency is not the answer”.

For more information about Black History