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COMMUNITY: AQSA UNITED FC

4 March 2016

Part of our Aspire 2 Engage Project...

Walsall FC’s Community Programme are supporting Aqsa United FC as part of our ‘Aspire 2 Engage’ project...

Aqsa United were initially set up in 2009 and officially launched in 2011 with support from Birmingham County FA, specifically Matt Price and their long-standing business partners Cheap as Prints, who are based in Walsall.

In April 2011, United set up one open age team which trained locally within Alumwell, Delves and Darlaston, holding training sessions twice a week with experienced Level 2 qualified coaches. Since 2011 we have set up an additional three open age teams. Hebron Warriors FC based in South Walsall, Ramallah Athletic in North Walsall and Am’ari FC in Tipton.

Aqsa United started playing in local 5 and 7 a side tournaments from 2011 moving on to full 11 a side games in September 2012. In the first quarter of 2012 we became a Charter Standard club also going on to be prized as a ‘RESPECT’ Fair Play Club.

In September 2013 Aqsa United started its first soccer school for youth aged between 10 and 15 years progressing to our open age teams at 16 years. What made us unique to other clubs is that we had appointed 2 qualified coaches to a group of 15 children and offering competitive prices. Matt Price of Birmingham County FA was so impressed with our setup and work ethic he went on to arrange a meeting for us with the National FA. Two weeks later we were awarded a “Community Development Centre” status. This became our greatest achievement to date as there are only four organisations within England to be accredited this status with Aqsa United FC holding this credit in the Midlands.

In August 2014 our work was emphasized by BBC Midlands Today on Asian footballers.

2015 saw us reach further by starting our soccer schools for children aged between 5 to 9 years which now includes dedicated coaching for girls and women by qualified female coaches.

In November 2015 we launched our “Super Sunday” football initiative offering 2 free sessions of football and coaching to 5 to 9 year olds.

March 2015 also saw Aqsa United support As-Suffa Homeless Outreach with Aqsa United FC providing hot meals and additional provisions to the less fortunate people of Walsall. We aim to continue this support to As-Suffa Homeless Outreach for the coming years. In addition to providing the meals we also offer free football to its service users and eliminating discrimination through football.

Our Coaching staff has been the back bone of our organisation implementing and delivering structured coaching sessions all year round with emphasis on personal and professional development and one to one support.

This year Aqsa United aim to start football for the Disabled and those with special needs.

From our inception in 2009 our work ethic, our philosophy remains the same and to make it affordable to everyone from all walks of life.

If you would like to be part of a club with great vision and direction please do not hesitate to contact our Club Secretary Rose Moseley on 07767 354253

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