Leicester Nirvana has been awarded the FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year, proving that hard work, determination and commitment to work as a team and club pays off.
The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald's, took place at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday 26 May 2015. World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst attended the ceremony and congratulated the Nirvana on their achievement.
Nirvana has worked hard to develop young players through to senior football by having a philosophy of how the game is played and coached. Off the pitch, Nirvana has become a community leader both locally and nationally speaking out and championing grassroots football.
Nirvana member Ivan Liburd said, “Although we do not volunteer for recognition, awards such as these are important for many reasons and to many people. They reaffirm that your dedication to volunteering in your community is appreciated, and recognises the contribution of grassroots in wider environment of football.
The award is also a testament to all the young players that are involved with the club and the fantastic achievement of our senior team on their debut season in the United Counties League Premier Division”.
Nirvana embodies more than a football club and aims to be a platform that allows young people life changing opportunities via football or other arenas.
With a strong community focus, Nirvana will continue to fuse football and the development of communities.
An Exciting opportunity has become vacant to Manage/Coach an Under 18 side as part of the senior setup of Nirvana.
We are delighted and relishing the prospect of re establishing an Under 18 side. The Under 18 side have been registered for The Leicestershire Midweek Youth League and have also been entered in the FA Youth Cup.
The intention is to integrate the U18's as part of the Seniors structure. The first team currently play in The United Counties Premier Division with the reserves playing in The Leicestershire Senior League (Division 1).
The Under 18's will provide a platform for the youngsters to imbed themselves into the senior setup of the football club. The successful candidate will liaise and work closely with the management committee to set the direction of the team and also with the 1st team management. This will ensure the Under 18's establish themselves as in important element of the senior setup and the young players have the platform to progress in Non League Football or beyond. As with the Seniors the Under 18's home ground will be Highfield Rangers FC on Gleneagles Avenue.
Anyone Interested In the role should email their details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Zak Hajat on 07811 843 136 for more details.
The Nirvana Nippers has been moved to Crown Hills College, Gwendolen Road, LE5 5FT and will be there from 9th May 2015.
Nirvana Under 13s are looking for players to join their team next season. If you are looking for a new challenge and believe you have the ability to play division 1 football then please call Ahmed on 07973 344341
Due to coaches on training courses and the club house being used as a classroom, Saturday development session is cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Nirvana spoke to 100 people (in 2015) and found 1 in 2 people had witnessed or experienced discrimination in sports in the last 12 months. 95% of respondents rated football and authorities ‘average’ ‘below average’ or ‘poorly’ at dealing with discrimination in sport.
Nirvana delivered a presentation at the National seminar 'A Call to Action: Working in Partnership to Tackle Discrimination in Sport' held in London on Tuesday 10 March 2015 by Public Policy Exchange. Nirvana told the audience about their experience of combating and championing equality in football and discussed the positive achievements that the club has helped to shape at a National level.
The event saw attendance from Students, Professional Football Clubs, FA's, Lecturers and other interested parties.
Nirvana's ethos is to use football as a vehicle to empower and provide opportunities for all young people, which is why Nirvana feel so strongly about the education and policy changes around discrimination in football.
Discrimination in sports can take several forms through racism, sexism, homophobia, disability and mental health. Each year, people involved in sporting activities, either as spectators or participants, witness or experience discriminatory incidents. Although there has been significant progress towards eradicating discrimination from sports during the last two decades, a lot of work still has to be done to eliminate any kind of prejudice-based abuse in the UK.
Unfortunately Hamilton will be closed this weekend for football! The city council have called everything off (Games and training) due to the recent heavy rain we have already had this week, plus the potential for more rain over the weekend. There is a lot of standing water on the pitches and they are too wet to play on.
Massive congratulations on the under 17's confirming their place in the final of the league cup with a 4-3 win over Gilmorton JFC.
There is no Development club on Hamilton Park on 24th Jan or 30th Jan, It will return on Saturday 7th Feb.
On Saturday 17th our senior team Thurnby Nirvana have one of the biggest games in the clubs history at home,Daykn Road, Thurnby, 3pm kick off. It is for a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase Cup only 4 rounds away from Wembley.
Please come support the club.
Taken from Leicester Mercury http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Local-football/story-25778369-detail/story.html
Thurnby Nirvana took the derby spoils in the United Counties League Premier Division clash against Oadby Town at Freeway Park.
Louis Hamilton began and ended the scoring for Oadby but in between the visitors cashed in to win 3-2.
Ash Day levelled matters with a penalty and Reece Morris’ strike put Thurnby 2-1 ahead at the break.
Matt Melbourne netted a third for Thurnby to give them a cushion they needed after Hamilton’s late penalty set up a tense finale.
Taken from the Leicester Mercury
Thurnby Nirvana's late show helped to throw the UCL Premier Division title race wide open. They beat leaders AFC Rushden and Diamonds 2-1 at Dakyn Road – the visitors' second defeat of the season.
Thurnby had to come from behind after going a goal down. Ash Day's penalty levelled matters on 84 minutes, then Celson Patricinio claimed a stoppage-time winner.
Thank you for all the support that we have received this year, may it continue for many more years.