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Last Positive Lifestyles session of 2016 this Thursday the 15th !

This Thursday 15th will be the last Positive Lifestyle session of the year at Winstanley.

Positive Lifestyle sessions will restart in the first week of January.

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Hope you all have a MERRY Christmas and Happy new year from everyone at GMFC!

Big City Dreams for our young people at the SSE Arena last weekend!

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take a number of our young people to the SSE Arena to see the fantastic Matchroom Boxing show with a packed card of up and coming boxers as well as the professional debut of Irish female Olympian Katie Taylor.

We were lucky enough to be able to take with us 4 people who have given a lot of their free time to the charity and helped with the fantastic work the charity has done in the community over the last year. So this was a fantastic opportunity to show our gratitude at what was a tremendous night of boxing!

More opportunities for our young people being showcased at Wembley

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!cvi9cclxgaeyvch

For our young people who are soon to be leaving either college or 6th form at 18 they img_0102will 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.cvi759nw8aafqeb

Keep your eyes on the news feed for more info coming soon.

Huge Thank you once again to Skanska for donating the proceeds of the Phase 2 Football Tournament!

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Friday 7th October we were kindly invited to help out with the Phase 2 tournament following on fromimg_0339 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!img_0337

The eventual winners were the recruiters and the fun and celebrations carried on into the after tournament drinks at The Duchess!img_0338

Once again many thanks to the Noel and Stuart at Skanska for inviting us to what was a great evening of football!

 

Errol Announced as London FA community coach of the year

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.

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Well done from everyone at GMFC!

Now take a look below at Errol’s GMFC gallery!

 

 

 

GMFC in Europe update!

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.img_3537
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.img_3539
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.

GMFC Come home Corporate Heavyweight Champs!!

This Friday GMFC were very kindly invited down to the Lucozade Power League Corporate Heavyweight Cup mixing with Heavyweight city corporations such as Barclays, Money Corp, JP Morgan and HSBC.img_4725

Our team comprised of a mixture of current and past coaches and players who represented the Charity in exemplary fashion with skills, tricks and the goals to go with it.img_4724

After a tricky group stage we came to life in the knockout stages scoring 21 goals and conceding just 1 to secure the Championship title

Positive Lifestyles Summer Tournament Huge Success

Positive Lifestyles summer tournament at the Doddington estate proved a huge success with over 45 young people from across south London.

The day kicked off with the group stages very tense and scores low. The boys gradually eased into their games and skills started to come out followed shortly by the goals.

Coming into the second round of group games there was nothing between the teams and everything to play for in terms of getting to the next round.IMG_0190

The group stage ended with Storm FC, No Name FC and Cauis House FC flying into the knockout stages and A play off between Doddy FC and Team A to get into the next round and Allstars knocked out of the group stages.

Semi-finals lined up as follows Team A Vs. Storm FC and Cauis House FC Vs. No Name FC.

Cause house met Storm in the final with Cauis House coming out eventual winners!

IMG_0253Well done to all involved it was a great turnout and a real positive day for all involved. A big thank you to Carneys Community for supporting the tournament with some fantastic Boxing sessions for the teams that weren’t playing and also to STORM for cooking up some delicious food and refreshments for all the participants after the tournament.

 

Click the link below for the video of the finals.

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A.I.M High and Positive Lifestyles tournament’s coming up ! Sign Up early to secure your teams place!

The end of August promises to be a very exciting time with the A.I.M ( Aspirations, Inspiration, Motivation) tournament as part of the big one day event!! THEN just over a week later we will be holding our Annual Positive Lifestyles summer tournament!

For further information and registration at A.I.M High contact Sanchia Duncan via email: sanchia@bedheadfc.com

For further information and registration on the Positive Lifestyles Summer tournament contact James King Via email: james@guymascolofc.com

For the Positive Lifestyle tournament you can both pre-register and register on the day.

 

Goals Galore in the Winstanley Vs. Patmore Rematch!!!

After Last weeks narrow loss to Patmore in our first Positive Lifestyles Estates match the Winstanley boys were crying out for a rematch to even up the rankings!

With the Selhurst Sports Arena newly resurfaced we had the perfect venue for the rematch, with Project Manager James in Full black ref gear, the scene was set for a very competitive game.

Both sides looked the real deal in their GMFC strips and tried to play entertaining football keeping the ball on the floor.

Winstanley initially showed the greater experience and sharpness playing the ball with more purpose and playing the ball into good areas to gain an upper hand in the game.

Midway through the half the deadlock was broken from a quick throw catching the defence off guard and tapped the ball in at the back post. This goal was followed up with a second after a swift break away.

As the half was coming to a close Patmore pushed for a goal and had some close chances and got their rewards with a well worked goal. The last 5 mins brought an onslought from Patmore but the shooting was a bit wayward.

Just as the half time was about to blow however Winstanley extended there lead to 3-1.

Despite the scoreline the game was still pretty even when the second half started and Patmore immediately started the half with goal bringing them to within 1 goal of Winstanley.

Winstanley broke away again through some slack defending to maintain a 2 goal difference.

Patter came back though with some great football unlocking the defence and levelling the scores.

This made for a tense finale with both sides going at it and poor defending creating some hair raising moments.

Winstanley broke away though in stoppage time to make it 5-4 and then with the last kick of the game took the score to 6-4 to the Winstanley boys.

Overall it was a fantastic occasion with both teams really getting in to the spirit of the occasion and whilst being highly competitive also ended with smiles on everyone faces ! great game great event!