15 YEARS ON FROM 7/7, SALAAM PEACE IS STILL BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

The events of 7/7 on the streets of central London led to the formation of one of our capital’s most successful community sports engagement programmes. 15 years on, it continues to inspire as a multi-award-winning community sports initiative. Not even the current lockdown has forced it off its ambitious programme.

Salaam Peace was founded by Dr Sabir Bham. He’d been standing at Liverpool Street station 24 hours before those July 7th events, celebrating London winning the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics. The following day came the bombings, one of them at that same station. The hostility Sabir experienced in their aftermath as a British Muslim, on the streets and using the tube, led him to set up a national football initiative called the Eid Cup. It aimed to break down barriers between diverse communities, forming the basis of what became Salaam Peace.

Salaam Peace is a community engagement programme that uses a mixture of sport and social education to bring together people of all ages from diverse cultural backgrounds. The programme works mainly with two local councils with high deprivation and diverse communities, Waltham Forest, and Hackney, as well as many other schools, Trusts, and academies. Where there is a need to provide enjoyable and fulfilling community programmes through sport, programmes that encourage social and cultural cohesion, Salaam Peace are there.
With its motto of “Be the change in the community we want to see” the guiding principles that run through all its work are:

  1. building from the bottom, encouraging participants to be managers
  2. community cohesion
  3. a multi-ethnic approach

Salaam Peace builds from the ground floor up, investing time in the communities around them. They develop local role models who start as participants and progress to become leaders. It tackles issues that could lead to communities becoming polarised, for those at risk of anti-social behaviour or have been in the criminal justice system. It works in all communities, of all faiths and none.

As lockdown became a reality, Salaam Peace had already changed its ways of engaging with its core participants, approx. 250 per week aged 3-65 years old:

  • filming tutorials, videos, and infomercials, ensuring those that rely on engagement in Salaam Peace programmes were still communicating with us
  • distributing board games, sports equipment, and books, to give families as much as possible to keep mind and body actively engaged. This was enhanced by the funding streams above
  • piloting non-contact socially distanced sessions, to encourage policy makers to allow organisations to deliver major projects on the ground.

Some of its awards won recently have been:

  1. Mayor of London’s “Sport United” award, 2019 London Sports Awards
  2. “Sport for Social Growth” Award, 2019 British Sports Awards
  3. South England winner, 2020 Corporate LiveWire Prestige Awards
  4. Azi Mohammed – “Young Leader with Impact award”, 2020 London Impact Awards
  5. Agne Daunoraviciute – “Young Leader with Impact award”, 2020 London Impact Awards

Reflecting on the past 15 years, founding director Dr Sabir Bham says: “I began my volunteering journey at the age of 14 and was brought up with the belief that if something needs to be done then do not wait for anyone else. This has stuck with me throughout my life, and formed our mission statement of Salaam Peace, “Be the change in the community you want to see.” Through continued hard work, passion and a strong team of people around me we have had an impact in our community. Despite our successes, this ground-breaking work is needed now more than ever”.

Dr Sabir Bham and members of the Salaam Peace team are available for interview or filming at their community programmes by request. Please contact Sabir on sab@salaampeace.org or 07949 983500.

Esa B – Young British Muslim Player shines

Many families in WF and Hackney benefit from community engagement programmes run by the multi-award winning Salaam Peace. As well as social integration our work in sports coaching yields results. Example being William Saunders, GB Basketball star, now playing for Newcastle.
Esa B of 4M, was one of 7 players who graced the Fulham FC Academy football pitches in an u9s match against their Academy Team. Head of player care at Fulham, Lee Hagger, former Deputy Head @ Tom Hood and Norlington Schools, arranged the match. It was a great experience for all staff and players. Following this, after 3 years of impressing in the Hackney Marshes Youth League Esa is starting a 6 week training programme with Tottenham Hotspur FC development programme. Football sessions are run weekly @ Walthamstow Leisure Centre for Girls and Boys – as well as SP UTD team which are FA Charter Standard. For more info please email sab@salaampeace.org

Leyton Sixth Form College Celebrate 4 Years Of Working With Salaam Peace

Salaam Peace have been delivering football related activity at Leyton Sixth Form College.

For a long time, Salaam Peace have been supporting students at Leyton Sixth Form College (LSC) to access meaningful leadership opportunities in the community. 

After becoming more and more aware of the positive impact this was having on the confidence and maturity of the college’s students, LSC sought to formalise its partnership with Salaam Peace. Since January 2016, Salaam Peace have been delivering football related activity at LSC; encompassing a coaching programme for the college’s competitive teams, match day coaching at competitive fixtures, developmental coaching sessions open to all students and intra-college 5-a-side programmes. 

It has been impressive to see the positive impact of the work of Salaam Peace on the many students they have interacted with at LSC over the past four years. Football participation is thriving, and although there is a firm focus on football performance, this is balanced with a clear focus on the personal development of the college’s young people too. 

Through this partnership, students have also been encouraged to access clear pathways into a range of exciting opportunities through Salaam Peace’s diverse and impressive community programme. It has been a joy to see many of LSC’s students make the journey from sports participant, to volunteer, to qualified coach and employee with Salaam Peace.

Many thanks to Sab, Nugent and the team for a great four years, with the college looking forward to continuing its partnership into the future.

Original Aritcle: http://www.londonfa.com/news/2019/nov/08/leyton-sixth-form-college-celebrate-4-years-of-working-with-salaam-peace

SP UTD U8’s Successful first season

SP UTD u8s have enjoyed an amazing first season in organised competitive football. Children from both our Waltham Forest and hackney outreach programmes have combined to make a team that has had a season to remember. The team won the U8s Blue Division, added to this with winning the one day cup at Mabley Green and finishing runners up at the end of season competition at Tottenham Hotspur training ground. 

We are all proud of the behaviour, attitude and effort of all and well done to staff, parents and players.

SP on ITV

Salaam Peace was recently featured on ITV regional news programmes, to promote a tennis initiative run by the LTA to coincide with Wimbledon.  Click to watch the feature as it appeared on “Westcountry Today

Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, recognising outstanding young people between the ages of 11-25 throughout London and Essex. The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding.

 

Our latest award winners:

Abas Ahmed, 15, For supporting the u15s/U16s team leader every week and acting as a positive role model to our peers and youngers.

 

Aleksis Koplov, 14, Alek has been volunteering since the turn of the year, he is a very considerate young man and maturity beyond his years.

 

Aus Salki, 17, Supporting the organisation with obtaining our Bronze Award with London Youth. Outstanding commitment.

 

 

Continued achievement:

 

Zainab Ayinde, award winner in 2016, obtains 2:1 degree from Middlesex University. Well done

 

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Shared Goals

A project to help residents lead healthy and positive lives is also giving people leaving prison the confidence to assimilate back into society

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Alex earns his bike

pictured here is Alex, a year 8 pupil from Kelmscott School and the latest member of the S7 ACE Community Champions Programme.

The CC Programme takes participants through a journey from engagement to volunteering and then paid employment, not just with Us but with partners organisations including teaching, Police, Hackney Housing and more.

Alex began his journey when he turned up to a Sunday session and was the only over 11 that was there. Azi, former Kelmscott School Head Boy, encouraged Alex to help out. Since, Alex has supported Marcelo with the Tennis project and supports the Tuesday engagement programme for 4-11 year olds.

Alex represents the S7 Academy of Community Excellence, a Bulgarian young man, from our vibrant and diverse local area. Alex, like his Bulgarian compatriots, Geri and Halime as well as our Lithuanian stars Agne and Ausrine highlight the great addition these communities have been to our Nation.

A key part of our scheme is when a young person or young adult does 30-40 hours of volunteering we purchase a bike for them as a reward. Our partners A&S Cycles in Clapton, through owner Shameem Versamia offers us great in-kind and discounted support. The bike is then used for volunteering/work and also engaging in our cycling programmes.

Mubarakeh (well done) Alex and the best is yet to come.