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28 I SPORT Passion Islam I August 2008
Jewish and Arab children
Dickie Bird
in peace football mission
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“It was great to see Jewish
and Arab children playing
together and respecting
each other. One elderly Arab complex
observer commented that he
was witnessing something he
had not seen since he was a
at Muslim
boy playing football back in
the 1930’s, which tells you
how significant this project is,
and the power of football to
integrate communities.”
A remarkable social inclusion The project teaches the The project culminated in a
project is using football to help children how to deal with conflict Festival of Football for over
unite Jewish and Arab children and celebrate success together 600 children, where Jennie
in Israel. and FA Regional Football assisted in the presentation
Jennie Hambleton and Development Manager, Mick ceremony, awarding fair play
Mick Baikie from The FA’s Baikie believes that the project plaques to teams who had
International Relations team, clearly compliments The FA’s shown the most respect to
together with Derby County’s Respect agenda. others.
Hat-Trick Officer Richard “The main focus of the project The FA will now assist
Astle, recently returned from is to get Jewish and Arab the project to make it more
the Football 4 Peace project children to respect each other, sustainable and to help
in Israel, which aims to bring play fairly and to work together facilitate the community sports
divided communities together as a team,” he explained. managers in Israel to take the
and highlight co-existence in “At the beginning of the week concepts forward in their local
areas of tension. the children were hesitant to communities.
Retired International Cricket
Based around the northern integrate with each other, but The innovative methods
Umpire Dickie Bird visited
regions of Nazareth and within a relatively short space used to unite communities will Batley last month to open a
Galilee, the social inclusion of time, carefully planned also assist Richard Astle in new state-of-the-art sports
project uses football as a way activities meant that they learnt the development of a manual complex at Indian Muslim
of uniting children, aged 9-14, to work together, communicate and a short course that can be
Welfare Society, Al Hikmah
from the local Jewish and Arab and trust each other.” used for Hat-Trick coaches and
communities. Jennie Hambleton said: across grassroots football.
Dickie gave a speech
in front of more than 100
Bashir eager to learn
cricket fans at the IMWS on
Track Road.
He then officially opened
the new cricket facility, which
For a young and up-and- advice. He is always willing includes four bowling bays,
coming coach like Reading’s and open to discussion to help
cricket bowling mats and a
Nas Bashir, there could be few me and other coaches at the
better men in football to learn club.
bowling machine.
from than Steve Coppell. “The whole thing about
Bashir Karolia chair of
A former coach at Wycombe coach education is that
IMWS told Passion Islam
Wanderers who now works everyone wants to learn, and “We hope these facilities will
with the Academy at the you can see that in the people
be used by the community
Royals, Bashir is keen to on this course. I have certainly
improve himself and says that improved as a coach and I
and give our youngsters a
Coppell has been a key figure hope there is further room for
great focus and chance to
in his development. me to develop.”
refreshing for me and will stand play and train in a very stylish
Speaking exclusively as As he completed the final
me in good stead for my own
modern environment”
he received his Pro Licence, part of the Pro Licence course
development. It will certainly
Bashir said: “Steve is a top , Bashir was keen to stress
enhance the players I work
manager. He manages the that his learning was only just
with. It’s an excellent course.”
people around him, that is beginning.
As Bashir learns more and
absolutely vital if you are “I call myself a coach
increases his experience,
working at a Premier League philospher in terms of learning
he feels that every aspect of
or Championship club. the game, I’ve been on a lot
coaching could have an impact
“Some coaches get their first of courses in my time and you
on whether you succeed or
job and try and do everything. never stop learning.
But I’ve learnt from being “I have been involved in
“The stakes at the highest
around Steve that you are coaching for ten, 15 years now
level are so high, so any detail
either a coach or a manager, and it’s nice to be on such a
that can improve yourself, your
and you have to focus on one fantastic course which has a
players or your club can only
of those areas. bit of everything on it.
be a plus,” he added.
“Steve is a breath of fresh air “The seminars, the
“If you can be a percentage,
for us at Reading, he pushed conference calls and of
or even five per cent better,
me to go on the Pro Licence course looking at other
that could be the difference
and he is on hand to give his people’s work has been really
between success and failure.
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