Fitting tribute and community spirit to mark the launch of the Nicholas Stewart Trust

Last Thursday was a very sad day as it marked a year since the death of Nicholas Stewart a former volunteer with GMFC who was tragically taken from us.

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We were honoured to be invited down to run the football tournament in Nicholas’s name as part of the official launch for the trust.

The tournament was a great tribute to all the hard work that was put in by the committee to make the fun day happen. Boys and Girls aged between 8 and 18 attended fighting through the pouring rain to keep playing football.

The eventual winners tournament were Classic AJ named after their captains Reebok Classic trainers and AJ t-shirt!

All participants got presented with a medal for their attendance and the winners and runners-up presented with a trophy each by none other than GMFC Ambassador  Paul Canoville.

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GMFC Cobham took on Molesey in our first ever competitive game!

Last night was GMFC Cobham’s first ever competitive as Cobham FC’s reserve side playing the Suburban Reserve League against a very strong and much fancied Molesey FC reserve side.

Molesey took an early lead through a penalty against the run of play, however they managed to hold out their lead till half time.

We came out in to the second half all guns blazing and equalised through Olu with a great finish into the top corner.

Despite creating more and more chances we failed to find the goal needed and the game ended with goals at 1 a piece.

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Jack Marciano Interview: From Work Experience Student to Volunteer ! The Journey!

Earlier this Summer Jack Marciano took part in our work experience programme over the summer and showed such a great attitude to the programme that he is now volunteering with the charity and when the season starts will have opportunities for some paid work assisting with Bedhead FC.

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We caught up with Jack in the office for a quick interview on his experience’s being involved with the Charity so far.

So Jack how has was your Work Experience with GMFC?

JM: It was very interesting I didn’t know there was as much to coaching as there is. Particularly before and after each session not just during the session. I also was able to learn about the depth of work that goes on within the charity. It really made me realise that it is not just what goes on, on the pitch.

Thats fantastic, So amongst all of that are there any particular skills you feel you learned in your Work Experience week?

JM: I feel I gained a greater understanding of football coaching, particularly the psychological and social sides. Developing my understanding of the four corner model which I now feel confident to use in my session plans. I also feel I was able to put my organisation skills to the test and develop them further.

Excellent stuff Jack, I guess the most important thing though is did you enjoy yourself!!?

JM: Yes

What was it that you enjoyed the most?

JM: Going to and participating in sessions was the most enjoyable as well as seeing the session plans being put to practice.

Do you feel through the planning, delivering and assessment of the sessions you were able to gain a thorough insight into what its like to be a Coach?

JM: Yes, Most definitely.

Has your experience and further volunteering encouraged you to pursue your coaching?

JM: Yes, I enjoy developing teams and individuals and seeing there outcomes from each session.

Which area of coaching interests you the most?

JM: I particularly enjoy the development of players looking at the mental side just as much as the  technical and tactical side.

So as a coach starting out on your journey right now, what would you say your strengths are ?

JM: I am confident with my knowledge of tactics and my ability to express it to players.

How can GMFC help you along your coaching Journey?

JM: GMFC can definitely help me build up my confidence during sessions.

Brilliant! Thanks Jack!

PRESS ARTICLE!

Today’s Evening Standard highlighting the fantastic news that legend Paul Canoville has joined GMFC as a Charity Ambassador. We’re all very excited to work alongside this inspiring guy!Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 17.52.44

Looking to boost your chances of Employment? .. Join our Youth Skills for Work project!!

The Guy Mascolo Football Charity are pleased to announce the developing Youth Skills For Work project which will take place at Cobham FC. There is an opportunity30 young people, aged 16 to 24, to gain real life working experience in a friendly and ‘safe’  environment where participants will flourish and have the confidence to really develop not only work skills but also boost their self-esteem.

Participants will have the opportunity to work in an exciting fast paced environment on match days at our partner football club Cobham FC. Cobham are a club with a long and prestigious history as well as having a really strong local support.

Our project will give young people opportunities in a variety of different fields with in the club such as:

  • Facilities Management
  • Corporate Hospitality
  • Press and Publicity
  • Website Management
  • Administration Services
  • Sports and Leisure

With our team of coaches and mentors with years of experience working with people this will be a fantastic opportunity for the young people who take up this opportunity.

Are you having trouble finding employment? are you aged between 16 and 24? Would you like to work in the sports industry?

If this sounds like something you may be interested in get in contact now!

For more information contact Project Director Errol Bignall via phone on 07830648011 or email on errol@guymascolofc.com

 

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David Lynn makes the grade at Rangers FC!!

David Lynn, nephew of GMFC CEO Alan Hogg, has just been signed up to Rangers FC in Scotland to play with the Under 13 side! Rangers are one of the most successful football clubs in Great Britain and many talented players have come through the ranks. Well Done David!!!!

Positive Lifestyles Tournament Inspires Youth!

This Wednesday just gone was a very proud moment for GMFC and Positive Lifestyles with a fantastic day of football, fun and learning in a friendly and safe environment.

Just under 50 young people, IMG_1050aged between 11 and 19, turned up at Griffin Primary School to participate in the inaugural Guy Mascolo Football Charity Positive Lifestyles Tournament.

Although this was a competitive tournament, there were also workshops held from Paramedics and a senior officer from the Metropolitan police informing the young people about the dangers of carrying knifes and the damage they can cause. As well we also had an Ex-Gang member who was there to inform and enlighten the youth on the trials and tribulations of Gang life and the  effect it can have on you in later life.

With the tournament itself we had one league with 6 teams. The top 4 teams went through to the Semi-finals.With the winners playing for the Main competition final and the losers playing for the 3rd and 4th place plate.

Eventual winners of the tournament were Yinka and Co. FC with Runners up being Ali FC.

3rd Place went to Real London.

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The winners!! Yinka and Co. FC

Well done to all the participants and a big thank you to everyone involved and to everyone involved in the workshops. Great Day!

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Medals and Trophies for the day.
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Police and Paramedic workshop.
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Daren congratulating the youngsters.
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Yinka and Co. with their trophy
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More from the workshop