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Diversity Football League https://diversityfootball.org Multinational Unity Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:59:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Our Structure https://diversityfootball.org/our-structure Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:59:57 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=43206 Our Structure We have divided our services into 3 categories to support different age groups of the community: Diversity Youth

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Our Structure

We have divided our services into 3 categories to support different age groups of the community:

Diversity Youth Club [LAUNCHING SOON!]: for boys and girls aged 7-13 – football training, with other sports activities planned for the near future

East Oxford United Football Club: for boys aged 11-16 – football training and league matches

Diversity Football League: for males aged 17+

We will be offering new services as demand increases – so if you’d like to make a particular request, please contact us!

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Mission Statement https://diversityfootball.org/mission-statement Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:56:19 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=43204 Diversity Football League Mission Statement Our mission is to enable better representation in professional sports from a multitude of communities

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Diversity Football League Mission Statement

Our mission is to enable better representation in professional sports from a multitude of communities that reside in the UK

Diversity Football League Vision Statement

Our vision is to help raise the sporting prowess of individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, especially those from a BAME background as a report from Sport England showed that members of minority ethnic groups are under-represented in sports.

We aim to prepare our members to compete on an international level by equipping them with the skills and training necessary to move forward. We will also ensure that our members have that vision to aim high and to become lifelong skilled members of the community that continue to give back to those less fortunate.

Diversity Football League Core Values

Commitment

We are committed to:

  1. Providing a great service for all communities no matter what your background
  2. Impacting the wider community with positive action that improves the relationship and understanding between the many communities around us
  3. Working with other organisation with a similar outlook on aiding those communities, especially those in areas of deprivation

Opportunity

We will always:

  1. Put forward opportunities to our members that will help develop their skills and confidence through participation
  2. Broaden horizons by setting a clear vision for our members to aspire to
  3. Remind our members of those less fortunate so that we can all continue to give back to the community that supported us in the first place

Excellence

We will promote:

  1. Recognition and celebration of personal/team achievements
  2. High standards of play and camaraderie in all of our activities
  3. Support between our members to expedite the improvement of our skills

Community

We endeavour to:

  1. Contribute to society and demonstrate social responsibility by investing in the development of young individuals
  2. Instil worthy values within our communities
  3. Enrich the lives of those that would otherwise have not had the opportunity due to their socio-economic status

 

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Tickets now ON SALE: Come and see the FA Cup in our Super Cup Final!! https://diversityfootball.org/tickets-now-on-sale-come-and-see-the-fa-cup-in-our-super-cup-final https://diversityfootball.org/tickets-now-on-sale-come-and-see-the-fa-cup-in-our-super-cup-final#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:40:28 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=5474 We are proud to announce that tickets can now we bought online using the following link: https://oxfordcityfc.ticketco.events/uk/en/e/diversity_football_league__super_cup_final Tickets: £3 (+50p

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We are proud to announce that tickets can now we bought online using the following link:

https://oxfordcityfc.ticketco.events/uk/en/e/diversity_football_league__super_cup_final

Tickets: £3 (+50p booking fee)

We can’t guarantee that there will be any tickets available on the door, so please buy your tickets now before they run out!

 

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“Don’t Be Off Side With Your Health” https://diversityfootball.org/dont-be-off-side-with-your-health https://diversityfootball.org/dont-be-off-side-with-your-health#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:01:56 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=5457   “Don’t be off side with your health” A video showing how a men’s group from Oxford set out to

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“Don’t be off side with your health”

A video showing how a men’s group from Oxford set out to raise awareness of NHS Health Checks and identified barriers to men from black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities to accessing health services has been released by Healthwatch Oxfordshire.

The film, ‘Men’s Health Oxford’, features East Oxford United, a men’s football club from the eastern side of the city. Last year, with the support of Healthwatch Oxfordshire the group ran a project looking at the problems men faced in leading a healthy lifestyle.

The project focused on involving men from black Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, who had been shown to be at higher risk of diabetes and stroke. It involved community groups and more than 300 men from 22 nationalities, to understand the barriers to good health and to raise awareness of free NHS health checks in the community. It found that shift working and family commitments were some of the main barriers to men when it came to looking after their health and accessing health checks. The findings of the project will now help to shape the future of local NHS health checks.

Now, with funding from an NHS England Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare community grant, this new video describes how the project came about and outlines some of the main findings. The four-minute video, made by Oxford film-maker Nicola Josse, includes interviews with members of East Oxford United who took part in the project.

Hassan Sabrie and Nigel Carter of East Oxford United said: “East Oxford United has very strong social networks and links with diverse, multi-ethnic communities in Oxford. Delivering the Men’s Health Project in partnership with Healthwatch Oxfordshire has enabled us to tap into and harness these valuable community assets to promote health and wellbeing.

“In particular, our community volunteers were able to reach diverse black, Asian and minority ethnic men living and working in Oxford who as a group can be disproportionately affected by health inequalities like diabetes and strokes. Our project has enabled men’s views on the barriers they face, and the things that enable them to enjoy good health and wellbeing, to be shared directly with decision makers to help better inform how they commission local services.”

Rosalind Pearce, Executive Director of Healthwatch Oxfordshire, said: “The report showed that men, in general, are aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and do take steps such as taking exercise and thinking about their diet. But it also showed that more could be done to make it easier for men to access free NHS health checks and information.

“We hope this video will take that message to a wider audience, and that people will enjoy watching it at the same time.”

The video was launched on Thursday March 7th 2019 at the Health Inequalities Commission’s Sharing Good Practice forum in Oxford.

You can watch the film at https://youtu.be/GcDG7wKMZ40

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PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Completes First Season In Style https://diversityfootball.org/press-release-diversity-football-league-completes-first-season-in-style https://diversityfootball.org/press-release-diversity-football-league-completes-first-season-in-style#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:54:00 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=5413 PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Completes First Season In Style Oxford, UK – 5th March 2019 – Oxford’s widest community

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PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Completes First Season In Style

Oxford, UK – 5th March 2019 – Oxford’s widest community integration project is celebrating its first year of success. The Diversity Football League’s first season is set to be completed by the end of March and will mark this important milestone by competing against another football league from London – the Somali British Champions League.

The Diversity Football League’s grassroots community integration approach seeks to increase the inclusion and active participation of people from diverse communities and socio-economic backgrounds in local sport and cultural activities. Discussing the key principles underpinning the Diversity Football League, Hassan Sabrie one of the co-founders of the Diversity Football League said:

“Oxford is rated one of the least affordable cities in the UK, on top of this the cost of grassroots football is rising. We established the Diversity Football League to help remove some of the financial barriers preventing many grassroots teams from playing in the standard local leagues.”

And as a community-based initiative The Diversity Football League has been created to help provide opportunities that benefit the whole community. Giving an example of their community integration approach, co-founders Mujahid Hamidi and Hassan Sabrie, described how the Diversity Football League took 85 local people to Wembley Stadium on 15th November 2018 to watch the England v USA friendly match where Wayne Rooney made an appearance. This Oxford delegation included members of the Diversity Football League, young people from East Oxford United and EMBS Community College, alongside young Refugees and Asylum Seekers living in Oxford, all of whom might otherwise be excluded from enjoying such an opportunity:

“Based on our principle of helping to remove barriers to participation in sport we did our best to subsidise the majority cost of this delegation by getting local companies to sponsor us. And the result was amazing – everyone enjoyed the evening out, as the vast majority of the delegates had never had the opportunity to visit a stadium before, let alone watch England play!”

Another example of how the Diversity Football League is helping to support initiatives that benefit the wider community can be seen by how teams from the Diversity Football League participated in a recent ‘Men’s Health Research Project’ published by Healthwatch Oxfordshire. The research report described the difficulties that men in Oxford City face in leading a healthy lifestyle with the report highlighting how time pressures including working different shift patterns and multiple jobs can act as a barrier to enjoying good health and accessing health services. The report also highlighted men’s views on the activities and resources that help to promote their health and wellbeing.

The sponsors of this season’s matches have included The Cupping Therapy (alternative therapy clinic), Pisang (mental health clinic) and Anafiya Gifts (specialised gifts) amongst others.  And, the Diversity Football League is actively looking for new sponsors each year to give local businesses the opportunity to support this initiative.

Due to the diverse nature of its players and the principled approach taken to welcome participation from all sectors of society, the Diversity Football League has caught the attention of the FA, who have quickly offered to bring the FA Cup to the Diversity Football League’s Super Cup Final Event which is open for all to attend.

In true sportsmanship’s fashion, players from the Diversity Football League will be choosing the best from amongst them to play against the best of the opposing London League.

The Super Cup Final will be held on Sunday 5th May in Oxford City Stadium in Marston, Oxford. Doors open at 3pm and kick-off will be at 4pm. Tickets can be bought by following the links on the website: www.diversityfootball.org at a cost of £3 online or £4 at the gate. Under 3’s go in free.

Director: Hassan Sabrie
Phone: +44 7412 537961
Director: Mujahid Hamidi
Phone: +44 7475 180061
Email: info@diversityfootball.orgWebsite: diversityfootball.org
Facebook: /diversityfootball
Twitter: @diversityfooty

 

 

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Design Services Available https://diversityfootball.org/design-services-available https://diversityfootball.org/design-services-available#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:12:39 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=4840 We want your team to espouse professionalism. For this reason, we have set up a bespoke design service to cater

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We want your team to espouse professionalism. For this reason, we have set up a bespoke design service to cater specifically for our teams. After all we feel you deserve the best!

Contact us for more details.

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More than 20 nationalities represented at Diversity Football League launch https://diversityfootball.org/more-than-20-nationalities-represented-at-diversity-football-league-launch https://diversityfootball.org/more-than-20-nationalities-represented-at-diversity-football-league-launch#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:16:32 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=4606   A FOOTBALL league with teams representing more than 20 countries kicked off its inaugural season this weekend in Oxford.

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A FOOTBALL league with teams representing more than 20 countries kicked off its inaugural season this weekend in Oxford.

The Diversity Football League met for the first time on Sunday at Oxford City’s 3G pitch in Marston where 12 teams competed for countries including Eritrea, Romania, Nigeria and Syria.

Organiser Hassan Sabrie, who created the league with Mujahid Hamidi, said it was not just about bringing the community together but breaking down cost barriers.

He said: “Oxford has longed for a league this diverse which welcomes communities from all socio-economic backgrounds, especially those who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play in a league due to the high initial cost of entry.”

The league has been sponsored by local businesses to help pay for everything from kits and registration fees to publicity costs.

Mr Sabrie said contacts with businesses were established through the Community Cohesion Cup, formed three years ago as an annual celebration of Oxford’s diversity.

He added it was this event that had sparked the initial idea for the league, explaining: “Friendships grew between the teams and the desire to continue playing throughout the year had to be met.

“People have been asking me for a while to make this a year-round thing and I finally thought, ‘why not?’.

“It’s good for the city for people to come together like this and just enjoy playing football.”

Mr Sabrie said he hoped the range of nationalities taking part would grow each season from the 22 already featured to eventually surpass the 32 nations represented in the World Cup.

He added: “We’ve had such a great response so far and I know lots of community groups have only just put in their registration now.

“It’s all about spreading the word and letting people know what the league is all about.”

The project already has the backing of local councillors, with Shaista Aziz, who represents Rose Hill and Iffley, acting as an advisor for the league with a special focus on outreach work with refugees, women and girls.

She was at Sunday’s launch along with Oxford mayor Colin Cook.

Matches will take place every Sunday at Oxford City’s 3G pitch in Marston.

For more information search Facebook for Diversity Football League or email info@diversityfootball.org.

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PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Launches New Community Cohesion Project In Oxford https://diversityfootball.org/press-release-diversity-football-league-launches-new-community-cohesion-project-in-oxford https://diversityfootball.org/press-release-diversity-football-league-launches-new-community-cohesion-project-in-oxford#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:07:06 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=4327 PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Launches New Community Cohesion Project In Oxford. Oxford, UK – 26th September 2018 – The

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PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Launches New Community Cohesion Project In Oxford.

Oxford, UK – 26th September 2018 – The newly established Diversity Football League is set to kick off this Sunday 30th September, marking the widest community integration project Oxford has ever seen.

The teams represent many different nationalities throughout Oxford as well as teams with mixed nationalities, all playing together under the banner of Diversity Football League.

Oxford has longed for a League this diverse, which the founders claim to welcome communities from all socio-economic backgrounds, especially those who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play in a league due to the high initial cost of entry. Local businesses have come together in support of this community project by funding kits, registration fees, publicity costs and even the running costs of the website. Also included is an arrangement for the winner of the League to play internationally against a team in Nigeria.

According to the latest data from the Active Lives Adult Survey from 2017, people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active. A report from the Sport England survey from 1999/2000 stated that ethnic minority groups are under-represented in sports (40% compared to a national average of 46%) which shows the stagnation of the level of participation from certain sectors of society. The study also found that members of the Black and Minority Ethnic communities have had a negative experience in sport due to their ethnicity. This spurred the Diversity Football League to ensure that the League is run in the most professional way, hiring referees from the FA and playing in Oxford City’s Stadium in Marston.

The Directors of the Diversity Football League originate from Somalia and Malaysia and claim that within the League, there are over 22 different nationalities coming together for their love of football – almost as many nationalities represented in the World Cup, and includes nations that have never played in the World Cup before. But they are adamant that the list of nationalities will grow each season and hopefully surpass the 32 nations represented in the World Cup.

This union of local businesses, volunteers and eager football players naturally developed from the Community Cohesion Cup, which was established 3 years ago by Hassan Sabrie, one of the founding partners of the Diversity Football League.

Naturally, friendships grew between the teams and the desire to continue playing throughout the year had to be met. Which is where Sabrie instinctively stepped forward.

The League kicks off this Sunday at 4pm in Oxford City 3G pitch in Marston.

www.diversityfootball.org

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Director: Hassan Sabrie
Phone: +44 7412 537961
Director: Mujahid Hamidi
Phone: +44 7475 180061
Email: info@diversityfootball.org
Website: diversityfootball.org
Facebook: /diversityfootball
Twitter: @diversityfooty

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Hello World https://diversityfootball.org/4330-2 https://diversityfootball.org/4330-2#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:53:50 +0000 http://diversityfootball.org/?p=4330 Welcome everyone to Diversity Football League. Stay in contact by joining our mailing list

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