Nirvana Development Academy Club Age 5 to 10 years

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 leicesternirvana@hotmail.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.

Nirvana Event Day

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. 

BBQ

There will be a BBQ running throughout the day to replace the energy that will surely be used throughout the event. 

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New Players - Do you have what it takes?

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. 

Kick it Out offer support to Nirvana

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.

Punjab FA statement in support of Nirvana

“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

Match Official causes controversy over religious head wrap

- 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. 

Saturday Morning Development for ages 5 - 9 years has moved

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.

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 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2012
  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

VOTE FOR US AND SUPPORT HELP US TO PROVIDE BETTER FACILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY

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.