Football Development >
- Name: Powersoccer
- Established: 2002
- Location: West London Hayes, Southall
Powersoccer was developed in 2002 to provide new football provision in response to the overwhelming demand in West London from the Asian community. Nim Poonia’s (project manager) dedication has led to the introduction of an innovative football development programme centred on summer camps and community- based coaching programmes, created and delivered by volunteers, coaches and parents.
Average attendance for the summer camps has been over 400 children per camp, demonstrating the high demand and need for this type of provision, which involves a combination of football coaching and small sided tournaments giving the next generation of players an insight into structured football coaching.
It was essential that we had world class coaching that was not previously available as the vast majority of participants haven’t had access to structured football coaching, which is the essential building block if we are to see the next generation of Asian players.
(source) Project Manager Nim Poonia
The project focuses on developing the next generation of male and female football players. Powersoccer obtained a charter standard summer camp award in 2004 and has built a dynamic coaching workforce including a team of coaches, which have Brazilian Football development underpinning its ethos.
One of the initial motivations for Powersoccer was to provide opportunities for young people that were excluded from mainstream provision. This has seen it develop initivities that tackle the many issues including crime, drug abuse and bulling that effect young people today, through partnerships which been made with the NSPCC and local police.
Powersoccer has worked hard to create pathways for its players by developing partnerships with Arsenal and Everton Football Academies as well as County FAs. Sadly the Powersoccer project is under threat as it has limited financial support and therefore will be forced to stop operating unless further funding is obtained to develop its programme and develop a new generation of players, coaches and volunteers in West London.
The current challenge for the project is to access public funding to develop a sustainable football development programme targeting junior football coaching and creating pathways to affiliated football. Summer camps, community and schools based coaching will be the future for the Powersoccer project, as it attempts to shift from the grassroots to the mainstream.
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