Not all about SPORTS! SP Team excel in GCSE results

We are very proud to announce that Salaam Peace Community Champions Azi, Agne, Ausrine and NU Volunteer/SP Committee member Halime all excelled in their GCSE results on Thursday. All 4 have supported our work in the community during this busy period and have shown that hard work, good organisation skills and a support structure from Lammas/Kelmscott School can result in outstanding success in education and life.

We are proud of all their top marks, as well as the huge impact they have in our community as well as being inspirational to their peers.

I have already said 5 years is the date when I step down, so 2 years A levels, 3 years Degree then the Apprentice process ends with someone taking my job!

Big Congrats to all and they know that the challenges to come will be even greater but they all have the work ethic to have continued success in life and studies.


Team weekend away to Birmingham- Sunderland Ladies Superstar Stephanie Roche

Team-@-Wembley-Aug-2015The weekend was a treat for the hardwork of our staff/volunteers over this Special Summer of 2015 and for the mid-long term. The Holiday Inn hotel has a pool, gym, sauna etc and we spent the evening at Star City enjoying food, bowling and just some bonding time. For a few of the team it was the first time in a hotel like this and for us all it was a Sabulous break. I do look after my peoples!

The Sunderland Ladies team was an added perk and the striker Stephanie Roche next to me was short listed for the Goal of the year at this years Ballon D’or. The Wembley Photo was taken on way home.Team-with-Sunderlund-Womens-FC

A great weekend and a nice way to celebrate recent success’s from:

  • Azi – Excellent GCSE results
  • David/Yas – Sports Qualifications, studies and the improvement and impact of work over the last year.
  • Jermaine – finally taking up the offer to join the team and contributing over the Summer, long may it continue.
  •  Erkan/Abdi – being the premier torch bearers (along with Marlon/Agne/Ausrine) of the SP philosophy and making me wake up every morning knowing the work is worthwhile.
  • Mike/Steve for the partnership work with Kelmscott and Mike for being a great friend and Chair of the Management Committee.

Creating an Olympic Legacy

Children taking part in the SP/WF Early Help Summer Programme 2015 visited the Olympic Park as part of the multi-sports offer. The aim of the visit was to take part on activities at the Copper Box Arena during the open day which we supported with Football and Cricket tasters, a visit to the Aquatic Centre and the temporary beach.

Salaam Peace have a strong and positive partnership with GLL and this is evident with 3 weekly projects at the Copper Box Arena, Group Gym, Badminton and Ball Sports. A new project has started in the aquatic centre, which will see Young People, Children and families access the Pool and indoor areas. This will include a fortnightly programme, 1 week for mums/daughters and the 2nd week for Dads/boys.

Paralympian takes part in Leyton sports day

(Original article and photos from Guardian Series click here)

A paralympic athlete returned to Waltham Forest to enjoy an afternoon of sport.

Tim Prendergast opened the sports day organised by Salaam Peace yesterday, before children of all ages, and teenagers, got stuck in.

Within five years he lost most of his vision.

Despite this huge setback he found a passion for running and fought hard for a spot in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

He won gold in the T13 800 metres contest.

Mr Prendergast has been long associated with Leyton charity Salaam Peace after meeting founder Sab Bham in 2007.
Scores of children gathered at the Leyton Cricket Pavilion, yesterday, before trying out a range of sports.
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Academy of Excellence week ends with a visit to Fulham FC

Fulham (5)Our first Academy of Sporting Excellence – Creating Community Champions week culminated with a behind the scenes visit to the fantastic training facilities @ Fulham FC.

Those veterans of WF like myself will know the GREAT LEE HAGGER from Norlington/Tom Hood now Head of Academy Player Care at Fulham FC, kindly arranged for a group of 16 children, young people and staff/volunteers to take the trip.

We began with a Q&A session with Lee and an overview of the set up, watched the first team train, then an insight into a weekly timetable of an Academy player seeing the emphasis on Education Fulham FC believe in. We then finished with watching the U16s train as well as the goalkeepers, with young Zayn, Esa and Aaron having a penalty shoot out with them. We also met Kit Symons, the Fulham manager who was equally humble and welcoming and epitomised the humility around the whole ground.

Director of Community Engagement Sab Bham, “Lee is a personal friend for over 15 years and someone I have been fortunate enough to learn with and from. We worked together @ Tom Hood and developed a professional respect and taking a group to Fulham was an honour. The insight into careers in football, not just players and the success of Lee, who is an East London person himself, inspires us all. We are working on a wider partnership with Fulham FC and hope that in years to come our young people end up at a great youth set up as players and also our staff/volunteers progress to working for a club that we can only try to model.”

You are too kind Sab
Your group were the most classiest, respectful and engaging group we’ve had.
A testimony to the work of Salaam Peace
Your friendship means everything

Lee Hagger – Head of Academy Player Care, Fulham FC

Summer Programme 2015

Please join us for our 2015 Summer Holiday programme. Al activities are FREE to attend.

Download pdf of time table here

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Nugent Richard Eid Cup unites the community promoting Peace, contributing to the community, healthy mind and healthy bodies

The renamed Nugent Richard Eid Cup 2015 took place yesterday, Saturday 25th July. Over 350 children, young people and families participated in the 10th anniversary of our local, regional, national and now internationally acclaimed initiative that was set up as a positive reaction to the London 7/7 bombings.

Quote From Luke Halls Met Police:
Just wanted to say thank you for having us at the cup, it was a really great day (great speech by the way!). We did a lot of mingling and it was great to have all my officers chatting with young building bridged… it makes such a difference being out of uniform most of the kids didn’t know we were police until it came out in the conversations and the reactions we got were all positive, I think it shows that we are not just uniforms and similarly that we can learn a lot from young people too.

I did try to pop over to say bye but you were in the middle of a interview with a tv camera so I didn’t want to interrupt.

Any way enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks once more and looking forward to working with you again (definitely see you at Be The Change!).

The main sponsors for this years event are:

Tayyab Food Stores, Palmeston Rd E17 (as pictured) – £950 for Eid Cup
Lammas School – Facility Hire
Your Move – £10,000 to Salaam Peace for WF work and our new Academy of Sporting Excellence – Creating Community Champions
London Youth £500, staff support and communications.

This years event was kicked off by our Sporting Icon Colin Nell, who done a showpiece 3 min skills set and spoke to the gathered masses about his career and his parallel growth and success with that of Salaam Peace. Colin’s portfolio includes the Timbaland Video “the way I are,” Pepsi advert in India with Sharokh Khan and soon to be released T-Mobile marketing campaign. Despite all this success Colin remains humble and always supports Salaam Peace once or twice a year.

Keynote speakers:

  • Imam Tayib – Contributing to the community, Islamic and shared values, engaging in positive activities and being law abiding citizens. Healthy mind, healthy spirit and healthy body is what Islam has highlighted from the days of the Prophet.
  • Erkan Ozerek  – Product of Salaam Peace, now a Maths Teacher @ Lammas, has been with us since the age of 9, went to Lammas Shool, and then onto Uni achieving a 1st class degree and now contributing to the school and the community.
  • Cllr Ahsan Khan – Cabinet Lead WF for Health and Well-Being led the tribute to Nugent Richards and why after 25 years contribution to the communities in WF and East London he deserved recognition.
  • Mayor Saima Mahmud – Spoke of the work of Salaam Peace in building communities and support her key agenda of community cohesion and multi-faith work.
  • Steve Davies – our long time friend and colleague from Arsenal in the community kindly gave Salaam Peace staff Ausrine, Azi, Nugent and Neil Bharat (Lammas) tickets for the Emirates cup as well as a recent opportunity for myself and the staff/volunteers team to play at the newly built Hub next to the Arsenal stadium. Steve has also given 6 lucky Salaam Peace staff/volunteers/participants the opportunity to attend the members day on Tuesday 28th July @ the Emirates Stadium to see the first team train on the pitch.

Medal presentation:

Charles Runcie BBC, personal supporter of Salaam Peace over the last 3 years including the BBC Sports Personality Awards and the Gabby Logan Inspire-the Olympic Journey.
Ralph Bates, Sab’s religious studies tutor, and honouree member of Salaam Peace.
Ebony Vincent – former Ward Councillor and now Salaam Peace patron.

Congrats to the winning teams:

U16s – Arsenal in the Community
U14s – Hornsey Rovers
U11s – East London Soccer School

Special thank you to all the Salaam Peace staff and volunteers for making the day a huge success as well as Box 4 Life, Essex CC and SAS Martial Arts. Extra thanks to Nisha for her hard work and continued support from our inception and big thanks to my dad without his twinkle in the eye 41 years ago and the power of a Marvin Gaye record I may never have been here!

Remember “BE THE CHANGE in the community you want to see.”

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