ISOUL Volunteer’s Training

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As Ekota Academy approaches the end of the year, we continue to offer a range of programmes and opportunities. One of these is the I Soul Volunteer’s training package, which was delivered, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund.

This fantastic programme involved training several volunteers in leadership, risk management and broader voluntary skills. Those involved have given excellent feedback on this learning opportunity and its impact.

Sharmin Begum, one of the participants, said,” I found it a good course. It was hard at first, but I really enjoyed the chance to meet new people, think about my leadership and learn more about volunteering.”

The programme focused on helping all those involved to develop and strengthen their volunteering skills. The aim was also to use the learning gained to inspire and be a platform for further individual development.

The volunteers will hopefully be working with Ekota on many of our programmes over the next year, so they have been empowered further to confidently work and contribute to our shared goals. Well done to all those involved in the delivery and to those participating!

Sultana Rahman
Chair

Ekota Academy

International Women’s Day

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International Women’s day is always an important day for Ekota Academy. With our strong female leadership team and focus on empowering women and girls through our work, the day is always a key point of reflection and celebration.

This year we held a virtual webinar, sponsored by Barking and Dagenham Council, with various guests from different backgrounds. The panel members shared their lived experiences and explored what the theme of ‘Choose to Challenge’ meant to them.

My Choose to Challenge commitment is to continue to challenge inequalities through my day -to -day work in the NHS and through my work at Ekota. I also aim to challenge myself to learn as many new skills as I can this year to help my personal growth.

I was moved and inspired by the stories of challenge, overcoming adversity, resilience, barriers faced, self-belief and confidence development that were shared by the panel. We know that women across the world are still facing so many struggles, but there is hope that by working together as a society, we can address this, and Ekota aims to play a small part in this.

Our aim is to hold another ‘In person’ celebration of International Women’s day, this year when it is safe to do so. We will invite our panel members to share their experiences even more widely and celebrate with us.

The webinar was a great success, and I hope it is a platform for even more work to support development and change in our local communities.

Sultana Rahman
Chair

Ekota Academy

Winning is Infectious!

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Mayfield Cup

Winning is infectious! Mayfield Cup Champions! Well done boys!

At Ekota Academy we coach sports and also mentor, guide and inspire.

We keep the kids busy and sessions are always fun, always vigorous. The idea is they’re too tired afterwards to get up to any hanky panky.

Even with all this support we can’t guarantee young people will stay out of trouble but at least we’re trying our damndest.

The personality and enthusiasm of the coaching team are key in delivering an effecting and long term beneficial programme, to help shape the future of our youngsters.

Also, be sincere, because they’ll sniff out a fraud if you’re anything less than 100%.

We coach fantastic sports stars and fabulous humans here.

Developing youngsters

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At Ekota Academy, we are dedicated to not only developing sporting prowess, but we try to lead by example at all times. Cricket is only one of many sports we are delivering, and includes, football, running, martial arts. In a short space of time, we have also sent our young players for various trials, and we thrive on engaging with both players and their parents at all times. By this, we are working hard to provide the perfect support package for everyone at our academy.

Impact of coaching

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A Coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime!

Our Academy started after we decided to look into providing accessible sports for young people in our locality. We serve our community through sports, but it’s a lot more than just that as we mentor, guide and teach every young person we work with.

Fostering the spirit of beginners is important, and we work hard to ingrain positive sporting values from a very young age in order to help build strong foundations.

It also gives us an opportunity to indulge our passion for coaching, and the result is this. At Ekota Academy, we are committed to self-improvement, self-development and excellent sporting prowess – All in a safe and fun environment. This will be a regular blog from our Head Coach, and we much look forward to engaging with you all.

Mizanur Rahman
Chief Executive Officer
Ekota Academy