Vote for Nirvana in the Aviva Community Fund

Leicester Nirvana has seen a noticeable rise in the number of children wishing to take part in football within the Hamilton area. This has put a strain on the current facilities, however the club has set a plan to develop the facility so that it may better cope with the needs of the rising community. 

Nirvana is applying for the Aviva Community Fund and needs you to take action to help the club progress to the next stage. Nirvana needs you to take a few minutes of your time to do the following:

  1. Click on the link provided or the picture above
  2. Create an Aviva account, confirm your email address and details
  3. It will ask you which project you want to vote for, search 'Nirvana' and click project
  4. Each person has up to 10 votes that they can use. Vote 10 times for Nirvana
  5. Share the page and links on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platform

Hamilton is rapidly expanding but the infrastructure of amenities for the rising community is not growing at the same rate. 

Hamilton Park, where Nirvana is based has long suffered from waterlogged pitches and has meant that much of the winter part of the season is often postponed due to unplayable surfaces. The process to treat pitches and develop sites is an expensive one but also necessary. With hundreds of children using this area on a weekly basis, Nirvana would like to improve the pitches and space so that it can be better used.

As the club grows, Nirvana would like to bring the kitchen space up to date with modern appliances and to refurbish the space so that it is more suited to the clubs and the communities ever growing needs. The aim is to turn a storage cupboard into a usable kitchen space. 

Nirvana's ability on the pitch has always been a step ahead it's facilities.  Currently the club is developing its ground so that the senior team (who is one of the highest playing club in the City boundaries) can share the same home as the juniors and minis. This will unite the club under one roof, which is something long overdue. 

This development project will mean that Leicester Nirvana could:

  • Continue to support hundreds of children from as young as 5 years old to under 18. 
  • Provide a much needed space for community functions and events to take place.
  • Unite the entire club under one roof, so that the younger children can aspire to play at a senior level.
  • Provide better football opportunities and a pathway from juniors to men’s football.
  • Secure a standard of facility that can sustain the clubs ability for years to come. 
  • Continue to provide a social hub and volunteering opportunities to local residents.     

"Watching sport transform young people's life is one of the reasons that keeps us volunteering year after year. Our priority has always been the children, and this project will help Nirvana to continue and develop as a club in a time where many voluntary groups are feeling the financial strain. We are asking our members to get behind this project and to vote for us - 10 times". Leicester Nirvana Committee


Nirvana lose manager to higher level club

After a short period at the club, Martin Sockett has been approached with a fantastic offer from Rugby Town to form part of their new management team.

Given the clubs philosophy to always support and encourage both our management and players to play and participate at the highest level, we accept and support Martin’s move.

This is another example of the excellent platform and strides the club has made over a short period of time, where we have seemed to be the first port of call for scores of higher level non league clubs searching for players and management.

Our challenge yet again is to find and attract the right person to the club. With the talent we have and the off field developments we are confident this can be achieved.

Over the next few days, the club will sit down and assess the situation and begin to shape future plans.

On behalf of the entire club, we would like to thank Martin for his time and wish him well in his new role.

Management committee

Are you aged 16 - 25? Get involved in a sport coaching and leadership programme

The Prince's Trust is happy to inform you that they are now recruiting for the Get Started with Football programme with the Prince’s Trust and are partnered with Leicester City Football Club.
This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in a sport coaching and leadership programme, and they will also be able to take part in a wide variety of activities and have the opportunity to meet and be trained by LCFC staff whilst building valuable communication skills and improving on their confidence and teamwork. The young people will also gain a recognised FA JFL qualification.
After having completed the programme, all young people will be supported by experienced Prince’s Trust staff members for a period of around three months who combined with a progression mentor will help the young person access work, education, training or volunteer work. Alternatively, they may also be pointed in the direction of another Prince’s Trust programme or a further opportunity with LCFC.
The taster day will be on Tuesday 27th September and the programme will run from Monday 3rd October until Friday 7th October 2016.
The aim of the programme goes far beyond teaching young people new skills in Football. This group challenge is designed to stretch and develop all the young people’s personal and social skills. They will need to work together, communicate, build their confidence levels in order to give instructions and carry out tasks, manage their feelings, become dependable, and put their plans into action. It is a safe environment in which the young people will be able to acquire valuable skills for further progression.
To refer a young person or if you have any questions contact Nutan – 07717 488 5344 or 0116 255 0400

New 1st Team Manager Announcement

Leicester Nirvana management committee are very pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Sockett as our new 1st team manager. Martin without doubt brings in a huge amount of non league experience and a track record of working alongside young talented players. His knowledge and experience will be required to nurture our talented pool of players and coaches.

The club undoubtedly have a rebuilding task and Martin is being brought in to work with the club, our coaches and players to assist in this process. With some exciting developments happening off the pitch for the football club it is important we continue our unprecedented developments on the pitch. 

With 4 promotions in 7 seasons and numerous cup successes, at some point our pool of talented players and management were always going to draw the attentions of the bigger clubs with some astonishing budgets.  The club's ethos is to nurture players from mini, junior and youth sections and to fully support this philosophy we work to develop better players and allow them opportunities to play at the highest level.

Martin in his new role alongside club officials will work collectively going forward to drive us on again.

Jordan Nelson strikes to bag three points for Leicester Nirvana in UCL

Leicester Nirvana picked up their first win of the new season in the United Counties League Premier Division. Jordan Nelson netted just before the hour to give them a 1-0 victory over Wisbech at Gleneagles Avenue. 

Leicester Mercury article 

The FA deliver National talent ID course at Nirvana

The FA delivered a grassroots talent ID course at the weekend, just a stone’s throw from Leicester’s King Power Stadium, as the Premier League champions were taking on Manchester United in The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald’s.

Under The FA’s work to address Asian inclusion, and alongside local and regional partners, a new suite of talent ID courses are being delivered at Leicester Nirvana, one of the areas’ foremost community clubs, by scouts who work with the England teams.

Over three days, scouts, coaches and managers learn about relationship building, unconscious bias, recognising potential and the relative age effect, and many professional club technical directors already undertake this training.

It is hoped the course, which specifically targeted the Midlands’ under-represented Asian communities, will have a knock-on effect on player recruitment in those same areas.

Course tutor, ex-Wycombe midfielder and now FA talent ID manager, Steve Brown, said: “It was great to be in Leicester at the type of grassroots club where future stars are made.

“We want to embed the England DNA, which is a philosophy of how we play the game and how we develop players to be the best they can be, across the game from grassroots all the way to the England teams.

“I was really enthused by what I saw and if we can bring the professional and grassroots game closer in this way the future of the game will be in good health.”

Leicester Nirvana chairman Kirk Master added: “Leicester Nirvana are always keen to be a bridge between local communities and the game we all love.

“This snapshot of good practice gives us hope that talent identification becomes a more recognised part of the game and helps to promote inclusion, which can only be a good thing.”


5 yrs - 8 yrs Saturday Development Training

The success of the Saturday Development Session has meant that more and more children want to be part of the session. Therefore, in order for us to deliver a better service to your child, from the 6th August 2016, the sessions will be split into two time slots:

  • Children aged 5yrs – 6yrs will be at 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Children aged 7yrs, 8yrs and 9 years will be at 10.30 – 11.30am

Thank you for your continued support.

Leicester Nirvana's new management team for season 2016/17

It has been important for us to find the right balance of experience and quality to support a group of very talented young players. After a busy period we are pleased to announce our new management team for the coming season. 

Dave Williams alongside Owen Wright, with support from Mark Rawle and Scott Eustace focussing on coaching and player development and a new role this year for Tobias Hawkins as our fitness strength and conditioning coach. Richard Gerald will be our new football co-ordinater. 

These appointments have a fantastic blend of professional and non league experience and the knowledge necessary to improve the playing staff and team going forward, and we wish them well. 

Welcome to Leicester Nirvana.

Leicester Nirvana's senior team trial days

 The senior team of Leicester Nirvana have already scheduled some interesting fixtures for the build up to the new season. 

Pre season training will begin on the Thursday 30th June 2016 at Leicester Nirvana's home ground (Hamilton Park LE5 1LU). Training will be every Tues and Thursday from 6.30pm - 8.30pm and on Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm (times may vary). 

The first few training sessions will be open sessions for anyone who wants to try out for the senior team. If you would like to play for Nirvana, please contact Zak Hajat on 07811 843 136 for further details.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Vacancy - Leicester Nirvana FC 1st team Managers Position

A vacancy has become available for the 1st Team managers post at Leicester Nirvana FC. This is a fantastic opportunity for a manager to join the most progressive club in the city with an excellent reputation for nurturing young players through passing attractive football.

The team play at step 5 of the football pyramid system and are currently in the United Counties League. If you are interested in applying for the position, please send your CV along with some detail as to WHY you would be suitable for this role by Thursday 23 June 2016. Interviews will be scheduled immanently.

Please send all relevant information to 

Nirvana's 1st Team Manager Moves On

After 5 years at the helm of Leicester Nirvana's 1st team, Damion Qualiey, after discussions with the management Committe will move into a new role.

A reshuffle internally will see his role as 1st team manager conclude with him taking on a new challenge higher up the non league pyramid system. However this is far from the end as a new role for Damian behind the scenes on Nirvana's committee will commence to ensure our progress continues.

Damian is part of the fabric of Nirvanaand his role at the helm cannot be underestimated. His achievements and dedication in the face of adversity are compelling and it goes without saying we as a club wish him well and every success going forward.

His progression is another example of the club providing a platform for many who wouldn't or don't have those opportunities. Nirvana prides itself on encouraging and supporting progression and as we move, we support our community and members to do so too, in the right way at the right time!

Damian is one of many in a line of players, coaches and managers over the years who have successfully developed, learnt and progressed through Nirvana, another positive role model.

For us now we begin the process of ensuring next season is as exciting as the previous ones and to once again establish a platform for us as a club to move on.

How Many Hours Do You Think Nirvana Volunteers a year?

Celebrating Volunteers week.

Leicester Nirvana FC volunteers over 20,000 hours of work each year which is equivalent to £130,000 - £280,000 a year of paid work. Statistics from Sport England’s Active People Survey revealed that Football volunteers contributed 96 million hours a year nationally. Volunteers are the lifeblood of grassroots sport and without them there would not be as many opportunities for people to participate in sport.

Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June) is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to society.

Nirvana has been volunteering in the local community for over 35 years. All our volunteers are ultimately giving their time unselfishly to help, develop and provide an opportunity for someone else's child to play football. How are you helping them to do that? 

There is a misconception that volunteering in football means that you need to understand football. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Nirvana that range from roles such as coaching youths, administration to media and advertising. 

We want to hear about how you can help the club with the skills you have. If you would like to give something back to the community by volunteering, please contact us at 


Saturday Development for Ages 5 - 8 years is Back, 2 April, 9.30am - 10.30am

The Saturday Development Club has been away over the winter but is now back starting Saturday 2 April 2016, with a new time of 9.30 - 10.30.

The cost will remain £2.50 until August when it will rise to £3 per session. Children should wear appropriate clothing, shin pads and football boots/ football trainers. 

This year has been a very bad year for football pitches and many teams have had to call off training and matches. Hopefully we are moving past that and we will be able to continue playing football. 

We hope to see you there.