WHO WE ARE
My name is Miriam and I am founder of the registered charity, The Futsal Stars Foundation (charity number 1194598). I have teamed up with a group of London FA-affiliated football and futsal coaches to help facilitate coaching courses for children and holiday camps, to help improve the mental and physical wellbeing of young people in the community.
Through my job as a NHS healthcare professional, I come into daily contact with young people from all different backgrounds.
We collectively believe that we can help to make a change in the mental and physical health of many young people, through the provision of football & futsal coaching sessions, holiday camps and access to competitive matches and leagues.
HOW WE SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
We want our positive impact in the community to be sustainable and long-term by tackling mental health issues.
Playing team sport in a safe and inclusive environment can play an essential role in building a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. It has also been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and the risks of depression.
The physical benefits of regularly playing sport include improved cardiovascular health, increased bone density, muscle strengthening and reduced blood pressure.
We also have AN AMAZING MENTOR on board, Sky Sports Presenter, Ade Oladipo. Ade has shown ongoing support to the project and is committed to providing mentorship for the children we sponsor. Young people, will also have access to further support and training through our affiliation with the Positive Mental Attitude Foundation.
We are also passionate that many more young women should engage in sports like football and futsal (a South American type of football)! Therefore, we will make a continued effort to sponsor just as many girls as we do boys!
PROJECTS TO DATE
- 15 children entered a unique 3-a-side competitive league for 11 weeks (Camden and Islington Youth Futsal League)
- 42 children were sponsored to do a 5 week summer football and futsal camp in Sussex
WHY WE ARE CROWDFUNDING WITH THIS PROJECT?
We are passionate that all children should have access to sports regardless of ethnic background, gender or financial status. We want to break down the very real gap that exists in today’s society, where not all children do have equal opportunities.
The coaching team will provide coaching sessions throughout the year to the children who are sponsored as well as providing access to competitive matches/leagues.
For each child it will cost £300 to sponsor them for a year's worth of coaching, including footwear, football kits and transport to and from training/ matches.
In short, the more we raise the more children we can sponsor!
HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY WE RAISE
- Football and futsal coaching sessions
- Access to Easter and summer holiday camps
- Allow the children to enter competitive matches and leagues
- Football kits and footwear for the childrenvwgere
- Travel costs
- Food and drink for the children during sessions or matches
*We vow to update all donors regularly on where the money we raise is spent. We will update everyone through social media and also on this Crowdfunder page.
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19
Due to the covid-19 pandemic an increasing number of young people have fallen victim to mental health problems, be this new mental health issues or the worsening of existing issues. The reason for this exacerbation is social exclusion, isolation and loneliness suffered through lockdown. To reiterate, research by UCH has shown that children whose parents are suffering financial hardship are more likely to be affected.
Also through the pandemic, we have seen an increasing number of job losses and parents having to depend on social support/ benefits system. This means there is now an even greater need to support parents and their children through difficult times. We believe that any small assistance we can make will make a huge difference to a child’s life, not only short-term but also in the long-term.
*Please contact me on [email protected], if you would like further information.