Hamara launches new football club

Cross Flatts FC, the newest football club in South Leeds, was launched at an event at the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston in November.

The club has set itself big goals, aiming to redefine engagement with football locally, uniting passion, talent, and a profound sense of belonging. It aims to stand as a symbol of unity, aspiration, and the transformative power of community spirit.

The club is currently working with adult men, but they have intentions to open and run sessions for both women and children of all ages this year.

Training takes place at Old Cockburn Sports Hall on a Wednesday and on Hunslet Moor every Sunday. The men’s team will be entering a league next season.

More than a club, Cross Flatts FC is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions. The club is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone feels embraced, aiming to dismantle barriers and construct bridges within our diverse community in the heart of Beeston.

Recognising the significance of being more than a weekend spectacle, Cross Flatts FC is devoted to active engagement with the local community through a variety of outreach programs, events, and collaborative endeavours. From forging partnerships with local schools to participating in charitable initiatives, Cross Flatts FC seeks to extend its positive impact beyond the confines of the football pitch.

Cross Flatts FC has been supported by the Leeds United Foundation.

Ben Potter, Active Through Football Project Lead at the Foundation, said:

“As a foundation through the Active Through Football programme we will continue to support Cross Flatts FC throughout the journey into different leagues creating opportunities for the communities and providing as much support as possible to make the transition as easy as possible for the team.”

Jonir Ali, Chairman of Cross Flatts FC, said the club was:

“Founded with a vision to foster camaraderie and sportsmanship, our club stands as a testament to the power of football in bringing people together.

“Cross Flatts FC is a symbol of diversity, resilience, and the beautiful game’s ability to transcend cultural boundaries. We look forward to continuing our legacy and inspiring generations to come through the love of football.”

Club Manager, Babor Qureshi, added:

“At Cross Flatts FC we believe in the power of football to transcend boundaries, and we’ve deliberately gathered individuals from every walk of life to form a team that mirrors the richness of our local community.

“We aim to provide a platform for players to nurture their talents and create opportunities for personal and athletic development.

“We are a catalyst for growth, fostering an environment where dreams can take root and flourish.

“As we embark on this exciting journey, we invite the community to join us in celebrating the spirit of inclusivity, diversity, and the boundless possibilities that football brings.”

If you would like to join the club please contact the Hamara Centre on (0113) 277 3330 or email: admin@hamara.co.uk.


This post is based on a press release issued by the Hamara Centre

Photo: The Cross Flatts FC Management team with Raheem Mohammad, Director at Hamara


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