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
Figures contrast with percentages of players
The research data and analysis produced by Dr. Steven Bradbury of Loughborough University, a leading expert in the field, cites institutional discrimination, the lack of open recruitment procedures and the negative experiences of ethnic minorities on coaching courses among the factors that are blocking the progress of ethnic minorities.
Read more here
Popular Leicester football club host feedback session on racism. Written by Poppy Brady
HEARTBROKEN AND feeling cheated were just some of the many emotions that consumed youngsters on the football pitch at Nirvana FC.
This was outlined in detail during a feedback session at the Nirvana Youth Conference organised last month by the popular Leicester Nirvana Football Club.
These were compiled as part of a report put together from the discussions about racism that young people had with members of the Football Association and Kick It Out.
And the youngsters have also presented both organisations with a ‘to do’ list of recommendations to try to stop the ugly behaviour in its tracks, both on and off the pitch.
For example, young people who play grassroots football want to see a clear plan for youth engagement, with the appointment of a young representative or shadow representatives sitting on strategic boards.
A part of the report read: "A research study in the US concluded that racial discrimination could affect a person’s long term health.
“One of the most disturbing messages to come out of the Nirvana consultation is that some young people have stated that continuously witnessing or being a victim of racial abuse has affected their view of the game and made them question their future participation.
“This is not an unfamiliar story as many parents and players have also made similar comments."
The report outlined further that many young people saw racism as part of the fabric of football and as their experiences of racism rose, their self-esteem plummeted.
‘The familiar issue of role models or a lack of them continues to surface," the report said. "Although this may seem to be accepted by young people, there is a real negative outlook to the possibilities of real achievement both on and off the pitch."
Importantly, the document noted that "the development of an inclusion and anti discrimination plan is a welcome initiative, but many clubs and players are still unaware of its existence."
Nirvana club spokesman, Ivan Liburd, said: “Consulting with young people on matters of discrimination in football transcend the boundaries of sport.
“Nirvana will continue to champion the voice of our youth in order to help progress positive change.”