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Braintree Islamic Centre Football Sessions

Offering alternative diversionary activities

Working in partnership with the Braintree Islamic Centre, Active Essex was able to support and help provide football sessions for young people in the Braintree district on the back of a one-off tournament with Chelmsford Muslim Society and Colchester Mosque.

With the rising problem of County Lines in Braintree several parents approached the Braintree Islamic Centre with an ask of helping to keep their sons off the streets and offering alternative diversionary activities.


Group 1
Who is it for?
Young people in Braintree
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to provide activities to keep them off the street and safe
Goal 2
Second objective:
to create a community environment

The centre organised a football tournament in the summer of 2019 in partnership with Chelmsford Muslim society and Colchester Mosque taking place in Great Baddow. After it’s huge success, they approached Active Essex for support to offer a regular session for the young people that they’d engaged. Active Essex provided funding for a weekly football sessions held at Alec Hunter Academy every Friday evening.

It has been clear to see the effect this project has had on the young people and their families. The ownership is on the young people, but this in turn has helped develop their relationships, social skills and lifestyle goals.

young people
of participants were inactive before starting the programme
of participants from diverse ethnic backgrounds
The weekly sessions are very casual with no expectations however the young lads have expressed interest in getting a kit and enjoy being part of a team. One of the young lads has his FA Level 1 and supports the casual sessions. He would like to complete the FA Level 2 coaching qualification through the satellite club programme having enjoyed this experience. We will be running the tournament again this summer given its initial success and will hopefully engage more young people.
Kasif, the mosque's imam