Summer Football Camp

BOOK NOW for the Leicester City Community Trust 3 day football camp in the summer holidays 14th, 15th, and 16th August 2019 at Nirvana.

These have been well attended in the past and the children have fully enjoyed playing football for the whole day.

Also, they are 9am-3pm which is great for parents and only £40 for 3 days. Take advantage of this great offer.

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Football clubs unite to tackle discrimination

A new football forum set up to support grassroots footballers from minority communities in Leicestershire has launched a survey to better understand experiences of discrimination in the game.

Leicestershire’s new Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Football Forum (BFF) – believed to be the first of its kind in the country – is appealing for spectators, players, coaches and family members across the Leicestershire and wider, to share their personal experiences of discrimination to shape future improvements.

The move follows a series of high-profile incidents in top flight football which have sparked calls for tougher action to address racism in the game.

It has drawn support from across the Leicestershire including the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Kirk Master who said urgent action was needed to tackle surging levels of discrimination and racist abuse in the sport.

The BFF is a new partnership of a number of grassroots football clubs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which have come together to develop a support network for BAME football clubs and their players.

The aim of the forum is to promote, support and encourage the development and progression of BAME football clubs locally and ensure the needs of the BAME football community are met.

Ivan Liburd, BFF chair, said: “In recent weeks, there have been a number of high-profile racist cases highlighted in the media from the top tier of professional football all the way to grassroots. This is concerning for local BAME clubs as similar abuse continues to take place at a grassroots level.

“We created the forum not only to be a critical friend to football authorities, but to provide a stronger voice in the agenda for change.

“The forum accepts the challenge of becoming the self-appointed central point for all discussions around BAME football locally and intends to work closely with those that make decisions which affect the football community.”

The Forum already has gained the support of 70% of the BAME clubs across the county including the first black football club in Leicester which has a 50-year history, the first Bengali football club, the largest multi-ethnic football club in Leicestershire and a club based in the centre of the Muslim community in Leicester.

Its new survey will examine the impact of discrimination on the lives of amateur footballers and their families to inform future support work.

Supporting the forum, Kirk Master said: “We must do more to tackle racism in football at all levels and I am grateful to the BFF for taking the lead on this issue and strengthening the voice of BAME footballers across Leicestershire".

“Racism and discrimination has no place in any sport. The issues taking place in our grassroots clubs reflect the problems in our wider society and it is imperative we take action to make all our sports venues and clubs a welcoming, supportive and encouraging place for all.”

The survey offers an opportunity to comment on the current football culture as well as offering suggestions for progress.

The results will be collated throughout the summer with the purpose of developing a strategic plan to be launched at the start of the 2019/2020 football season.

Forum leads have already invited strategic partners to sit down and openly discuss future partnership working.

Ahmed Maravia, Vice Chair of the BFF, said: “We have launched this survey not only to better understand how people are feeling about the constant reports of discrimination, but also to give our families, players and communities an opportunity to have their experiences heard".

“We want people to respond from the heart and really share how their experiences have had an effect on their lives.”

The BFF aims to instigate change across all areas of football including governance, training and facilities and will work closely with decision makers and local authorities to support changes which progress the BAME agenda.

To complete the survey visit:

Girls Football at Nirvana

Starting on Saturday 27th April, we will have a girls only session running from 12pm to 1pm. This is a great opportunity to get your child involved in physical activity. The sessions will take place at our home ground on Hamilton park 100 Sandhills Avenue. The cost is £3 per week and will held every Saturday at the same time. Please dress appropriately.

To attend, please email

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Saturday Development Club closed 27th October 2018 and moving to Gateway

Saturday Development club will be closed for Saturday 27 October. We will return on Saturday 3 November at the indoor venue of Gateway College (sports Hall), Hamilton, LE5 1GA from 9am to 10am.  

Note for future sessions: Please note that if you arrive after 9.15am you will not be allowed to join the session.

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.

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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 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. 


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.