Can there be anything more inspiring as a young football fanatic than seeing the Wembley Arch in all its glory every morning! … Well for our young people at GMFC and The Michail Antonio Academy this Dream can become a reality!
For our young people who are soon to be leaving either college or 6th form at 18 they will have the opportunity to progress into the UCFB Undergraduate and Postgraduate course at Wembley Stadium.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to look to develop a career in the football and sports industry, and we have already had former GMFC participants Keyshawn Mcalla and Melissa Ogallo who are both successfully studying through there second year.
Keep your eyes on the news feed for more info coming soon.
Friday 7th October we were kindly invited to help out with the Phase 2 tournament following on from the success of the first tournament together earlier in the year in March.
This time we had around 20 teams involved that were made up of different contractors working on the Battersea Power Station Development.
The tournament was played in great spirit with the any 4 of the semi-finalists looking like they could potentially win the whole tournament, which was backed up by the closeness of the games. The final ended up between the previous tournament winners Keltbray and the newcomers from the recruitment offices!
The eventual winners were the recruiters and the fun and celebrations carried on into the after tournament drinks at The Duchess!
Once again many thanks to the Noel and Stuart at Skanska for inviting us to what was a great evening of football!
Last Thursday marked the annual London FA awards night and as an organisation we were incredibly honoured to once again be nominated in a number of categories highlighting the outstanding work we have been doing in the community.
The evening peaked for us with GMFC director and number one community man Errol Bignall being awarded community coach of the year. This comes after Errol’s success at the Active Wandsworth awards earlier in the year being named Wandsworth coach of the year.
It is a fantastic achievement for Errol and everyone as it highlights not only the fantastic work at the charity but also pays tribute to the years of work Errol has put in to the community in Wandsworth and London in general.
Following on from the success of previous years, throughout the summer Guy Mascolo Football Charity was asked to provide coaches to travel to Various locations in Spain for a month. While our main aims are to inspire and engage young people from our local borough; the progression of our coaches ranks very highly alongside it.
With all coaches working at grassroots level, the main aim was for them to promote enthusiasm and the understanding of the game. All the coaches where able to showcase their various levels of knowledge of the game while being able to build a rapport with the different groups of children, by helping to engage with their innovative approaches, new concepts and new technical challenges to enable them to grow as not only players but in a team environment.
Throughout the month the boys where taught the different ways to apply technique, how to look at the game and how to actually SEE THE GAME – where to pass, how to find space, where and why to run, and why to make this choice or that, while making sure they were enjoying themselves at all times.
While progressing the players, the coaches main objectives were to develop themselves, while facing the challenges of working abroad,language barriers, different surroundings and cultures. They were able to develop not only their approach to coaching but the quality of coaching that they were delivering.
As an organisation, we are looking forward to sending our coaches on these programs in the foreseeable and help to allow them to continue with their individual development.