CANCELLED: Saturday Development Club 28th April 2018 at Hamilton Park, Nirvana

Saturday Development club has been cancelled due to bad weather and a water logged surface. The council has classed it unsafe for people to play due to standing water. We hope to be back outside next week. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter for weekly updates.  

Note for future sessions: Please bring suitable clothing and footwear. Over the spring and summer months, we request that children have football boots and shin pads. If you do not have any football boots currently, please invest in a pair as your child will need them as soon as possible and may not be able to continue future sessions without them. 

Saturday Development for 5-10yrs Christmas Break

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. 

Under 8 Match Repots

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

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.