From Racism to Respect
The Nirvana under 15 side averaged the highest score from all under 15 teams in their league from across the county.
Leicester Nirvana FC strives for success and aims high in an effort to be the best and with those efforts come challenges both on and off the field of play.
The Nirvana under 15's 2010 team has demonstrated an attitude that has been applauded by their peers and has been awarded the Respect and Fair Play award. This comes just 10 months after witnessing their team mates go through a public racial discrimination case and themselves having also experienced discrimination.
Vice Chairman Zak Hajat said "This is fantastic news and a testament to much hard work from the players, managers and the club".
The Respect and Fair Play awards aim to highlight clubs, leagues and individuals that have set a standard or experienced difficult days and taken it upon themselves to do something about it. This could be through education, promotion, campaigning and where they have changed the behaviour of teams and individuals.
One aspect of the fair play award is done through a scoring system where after each game played the opposition has to award your team a score out of 10 for fair play. This is collated throughout the season and an average score is then calculated. The Nirvana under 15's 2010 team averaged the highest from all under 15 teams in their league.
The under 15 coach and parent Chris Coore said "I am extremely proud of what this team has achieved, not just with receiving this award for fair play; but also with the teams consecutive year on year progression through the leagues which has demonstrated both talent and commitment"
"I believe it is important to teach and mentor our boys on attitudes and respect for the game as well as for themselves".
Nirvana has been working hard to highlight fair play and equality in football and have been the catalyst in the recent Race For Football National Roadshows that continue to tour the country consulting with grassroots communities and stakeholders. These roadshows are part of the Race For Sport campaign which Nirvana are a partner of, that aims to promote fairness, justice and equality within sport.
Kirk Master, the Chair of Leicester Nirvana FC commented that:
â€œThe Race For Sport campaign was born out frustration and blatant racial inequalities within sport, which is far more common at grass roots level and has failed to be acknowledged and addressed. If behaviours are tolerated at the top that message will filter down into all levels of the sport and beyond. Zero tolerance regarding racial discrimination should mean just that.â€
Note to Editors:
The Race For Sport campaign is a partnership between the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL), Nirvana FC (Leicester) and the Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA), supported by the Voice Newspaper. These organisations came together in October 2012 to form what is now known as the Race For Sport campaign.
Leicester Nirvana FC was originally established as a means of providing an outlet for young Black and Asian footballers to play competitively and break in to the professional game. Today the club is proud to embrace many different cultures and nationalities and nurtures talent from aged 5 to 18 years.
Teenage footballers subjected to racial abusehttp://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Teenage-footballers-subjected-racial-abuse-match/story-17255423-detail/story.html#axzz2WbQyMrwG
Race for Football National Roadshow http://www.soarmagazine.co.uk/race-for-football/
Nirvana exposes the shocking truth http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/nirvana-fc-roadshow-exposes-shocking-truth