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.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds were sent tumbling to only their second league defeat of the season as two goals in the final six minutes saw them beaten 2-1 at Thurnby Nirvana in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Read more in the Northamptonshire Telegraph
Leicestershire & Rutland County FA and the FA encouraged all our clubs to join others across the country – from the Premier League to grassroots level – to help create a unique photographic record of football a century on from the Christmas Truce, to commemorate one of the most iconic moments of the First World War. #footballremembers
Whether it be on the playing fields in your local park, or surrounded by thousands of people at a top-flight game – discrimination has no place in football and if you witness it, we want to you to report it.
[Taken from a Leicester Mercury article]
One grassroots club making an impact is Leicester Nirvana. Within our county, the club nurtures the talents of young footballers between the ages of five through to under-18s.
However, staff from Nirvana have also looked to make a difference on an entirely different continent, with club representatives travelling to Gambia earlier this year to deliver equipment to villages and towns in the West African country.
Read more http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Work-Nirvana-makes-proud/story-24262540-detail/story.html