Due to the extreme weather, our Saturday Development Session at Gateway College has been cancelled.
Saturday development club will take a Christmas break and will be closed on 16th December, 30th December and the 6th January 2018. The first date back will be Saturday 13th January 2018.
The sessions will continue to be held indoor starting from 9am - 10am, at Gateway College, 17 Colin Grundy Dr, Leicester LE5 1GA. This is situated just behind the police station in Hamilton off Lower Keyham Lane.
The Development coaches would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a very merry Christmas.
Please pass on this message to others.
Leicester Nirvana U8 Reds vs Barrow Town Hawks - Sunday 24th September
Our Lions fought with commitment and passion against Barrow Town Hawks. Izaan and Sufiyan always posed a threat to our opponents goal. Kayden was as usual creative both in defence and offence. Yasin was simply unstoppable'. Chev excelled again with pace and powerful passes. Rio and rest of defence did really well against strong opponent. The team learnt a lot on that day. Work required but cannot wait for the next game.
Beaumont Town Academy vs Leicester Nirvana U8 Reds - Sunday 8th October
Well done lions, you all played exceptionally well. We had fantastic goals from Izaan & Kayden. Our fearless goalkeeper Rio saved brilliant shots. Konrad was strong in defence alongside Uzair. Chev & Yasin in midfield kept the team strong with a great assist from Yasin. Hamza & Sufiyaan contributed towards the whole team effort with great positioning and passes. The team sprit was high.
Written by parents
The development academy will return on Saturday 5 August at 9.30am.
EXCITING NEWS: Leicester Nirvana will now have an Under 21's team for the coming season 2017/18. They will be playing in the Midland South U21s Division.
Pre Season training begins on Thursday 22 June 2017, from 6.30pm at Hamilton/ Nirvana Park, Sandhills Avenue, LE5 1LU.
For more information, contact Zak Hajat on 07811843136
Nirvana Development Academy is focused on enjoyment and development of young players, open to all children aged 5 - 10 years old. The sessions are aged-grouped with ages 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10, and run every Saturday morning.
This is a fantastic opportunity for children to participate in football.
The children are coached in a relaxed environment, where the focus is on fun and developing the child as a whole. Your child will be supervised from FA qualified/ in training and DBS screened coaches.
This is an introduction to football, which allows players to learn and progress each week, ensuring the children benefit physically, socially and psychologically.
Underpinning their football development are essential life skills such as, respect, team work, confidence and self-belief.
Nirvana Development Academy is a fantastic way for children, who show the potential, to start their journey in playing team football.
WHEN: Saturday morning: 9.30am – 10.30am.
WHERE: Nirvana Park (Hamilton Park), 100 Sandhills Avenue, Hamilton, Leicester LE5 1LU (Over the winter the sessions move to an inside location).
COST: £3 per session or £10 for a 4-week block
If you would like to be involved, simply come along and join in.
For more information email email@example.com or come along and join us at Leicester Nirvana, Hamilton Park, Sandhills Avenue on Saturday mornings at 9.30am and talk to one of our team.
On Sunday 7 May 2017, the Under 11s won the League Cup. A great achievement for the team.
Inter Club Matches - From 12pm - 1.30pm
The entire field will be full of our individual teams, where they will face each other in friendly matches. This includes children from the age of six years old playing against seven year olds and nine year olds against 10 year olds etc. All the way up to our 18 year olds.
Parents Vs Staff - From 2pm - 3pm
Our parents will play a friendly match against our Nirvana volunteers/ Staff. This has been an annual fixture full of mixed ability and fitness, which makes for an entertaining match. Each year, there is an internal build up of anticipation of who will come out on top, who will take home this years bragging rights.
Team Presentations - From 4pm onwards
There will be team presentations. This is where players will be rewarded for their hard efforts and stand out performances. Teams from under 7's up to under 18's will receive trophies and medals.
There will be a BBQ running throughout the day to replace the energy that will surely be used throughout the event.
Leicester Nirvana Under 14's are in the league cup final on 7 May at Atlestone Park, 1.30pm. LE2 6TG. A great achievement for the team this season. Come and support the team.
Every summer each Nirvana team will allow new players to try out for the teams. We are looking for players that will be committed to attending training and working hard for the team. Also players that have the desire to achieve.
From now and all over the school summer, you will be able to come and talk to our coaches and become part of a growing team.
If you have not played much football before, we also have the Saturday morning Development sessions for those aged between 5 - 10 years of age.
Come and get involved.
After the school easter break, our Saturday development sessions will return to Hamilton Nirvana. This will continue to be an outside session all through summer and will be held at 9.30am - 10.30am for ages 5 years to 10 years at a cost of £3 per session.
Come and join us, this session is for everyone.
Kick It Out has been made aware of an incident involving Leicester Nirvana, a grassroots club with a strong community focus who provide opportunities to young people.
During a recent fixture, one of Leicester Nirvana’s players was initially refused permission to play by the referee due to wearing a bandana, in line with his religious beliefs, but was later allowed to feature.
So as not to interfere with the ongoing investigation, Kick It Out will refrain from commenting on case specifics however it wishes to extend its support to Leicester Nirvana and the player, and will provide guidance wherever needed.
The case raises important issues for the wider grassroots community. This level of football relies on people giving up their time to referee, coach, supervise and play in these fixtures, and they should all be commended for doing so.
What is essential, however, is that officials receive sufficient equality and inclusion training as well as being up-to-date with the laws of the game, around issues such as headwear.
When incidents arise from a lack of knowledge this can have a detrimental impact and be stressful for not only the individual, but also for the teams involved.
This can easily be avoided and only reinforces the point that those responsible for officiating fixtures need the knowledge and support from the authorities to be able to play their part in what, ultimately, should be an enjoyable experience for all concerned.
Read the article on their website here.
“We commend Nirvana FC for their stance on the situation. There is often discussion about why there are so few British-Asians in the game of professional football, and this incident highlights one obstacle that Sikhs and all people of religious identity can face. Sikhs play football at a variety of levels across the world with their heads covered and will continue to do so".
read the full statement here
- Media release -
Seasoned campaigners, Leicester Nirvana FC, are again calling for equality in football and for officials to have a greater understanding of their own rules.
On the 21st Jan 2017, whilst playing in the United Counties Football League (UCL) in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, a match official refused to allow a Nirvana player to play in the fixture. The player, who is a practicing Sikh, was wearing a black bandanna as part of their religious believes, and which is allowed as stipulated in the rules of the Football Association (FA).
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game 2016-17 states that, ‘where head covers are worn, they must: be black or the same main colour as the shirt (provided that the players of the same team wear the same colour)’.
Nirvana has since written to the Head of Judicial Services at the National FA, the Head of Disciplinary at Leicestershire and Rutland County FA and Cambridgeshire FA, the Chief Executive of Kick it Out and the secretary of the United Counties League, who are investigating why the original decision was made.
The young player in question was said to have felt embarrassed but had the full backing of Nirvana who refused to play the fixture until the situation was resolved. Immediate enquiries saw the match official overturn their decision after direct instruction from the league. The player then went on to score both Nirvana goals in a match that ended Leicester Nirvana FC 2 – 1 Huntingdon Town FC.
Leicester Nirvana has stated that, “What we find very difficult is the lack of appreciation or understanding of the impact that these types of events have on the club, the team, the community and most importantly the players concerned. Nirvana is one of the most diverse clubs in the country, and have been put in a position were lack of training or cultural understanding has yet again, resulted in discrimination.”
Nirvana is awaiting a fuller response from the authorities in regards to what actions will be taken to make sure that an event such as this does not happen again.
Over the winter period we have moved the Saturday Development for 5-6 years and 7-9 years over to Gateway college in Hamilton. The session for all ages is at 9am - 10am. From the 7th January the session cost will be £3.00 per child per session.
We look forward to seeing you.
Leicester Nirvana are delighted to announce that our 36 year wait to play a senior team game at our OWN home is almost over. On Friday 23rd December, Leicester Nirvana play Oadby Town FC - 7.45 Kick off at Hamilton Park, 100 Sandhills Avenue, LE5 1LU.
Come along and show your support.
We are a looking for parents that are willing to help us find ways to develop the clubhouse for all our members.
We are holding a meeting on Friday 9 December at 7pm - 8pm. Come along and share your ideas about how we can improve our club.
If your child attends or wishes to attend the Saturday morning sessions for ages 5-6 years and 7-9 years, then please be aware of this message.
Due to the increasing cold weather, we are moving the Saturday Development Sessions in doors from 3rd December 2016. The session will now be held at:
Gateway College, 17 Colin Grundy Drive, Hamilton, Leicester, LE5 1GA http://www.gateway.ac.uk/index.php/contactus
The new time will be 9am to 10am for all ages between 5-6 years and 7-9 years.
Under 7s did extremely well in their first competitive tournament. Well done to all.