On a warm Wednesday evening on Holbeck Moor who would have guessed that this inner city park would be so busy with families spending time in the park; friends sitting and chatting plus football practice.
Celebrating their first anniversary were Holbeck Moor FC. They started with financial support from The National Lottery, Square Ball and Hey Neighbour.
The teams meet weekly offering free football training to help break down barriers to enable access to sport for the local community.
Claire, Ewan & Mark are volunteer football coaches ensuring everyone achieve their goals whilst having fun at this grassroots level.
Over 50% of the women’s team had never having kicked a ball before starting. Mums, single women be they local, asylum seekers and refugees unite to play football.
At the start the women expressed concerns about their mental health issues now with regular participation they feel supported and have gained new friendships.
Wednesday night training includes warm up, football skills training and cool down.
One inspirational lady, Wan, encourages ladies to come and give it a go. As an Asylum seeker awaiting for her right to remain, she is making new memories. Every day is a struggle on the Home Office allowance by taking part in the event she has one hour for herself. She is being supported with her passion for maternal mental health having the opportunity to present at a midwifery conference regarding the effects of sport on maternal mental health.
Ladies if you fancy having a go please turn up Wednesday 6.30pm on Holbeck Moor.
The mens team (18 and over) speak the universal language of football. Many who train have English has their second language. Like with the women’s team some men are seeking asylum or refugees.
The community (team) spirit was easy to see during their practice session.
Everyone is welcome no matter on ability. Turn up and have some fun.
Men if you want to give it a go turn up 6.30pm Holbeck Moor.
If you feel you would like to chat before the next training session please contact email@example.com Or phone Matt: 07305 155698
The club has been so successful that they have now started sessions for Juniors from 4-16 years at Ingram Road Primary School. Joining the club free
Watch out for more news about the Juniors coming soon.
This post was written by Jean Hollings
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