UNITY Programme - UK

FC Unity is creating an annual sporting, development and educational programme based in London that brings together different communities in London, mobilising the minority communities with mainstream British society and empowering young people from diverse areas and backgrounds to achieve a positive change within their areas.

It will unite private, public and volunteer sectors with communities to create a youth-led model that can be rolled out nationwide.

The programme is centred around two annual community/corporate football tournaments, two community/corporate leagues, a series of lectures, workshops and debates.

The primary aim is to bring different communities to the table, getting them to work together, facilitate debate and discussions and try to find common solutions to local problems.

About You

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Section 1: About You

First Name

Yamam

Last Name

Nabeel

Organization

FC Unity

Country

United Kingdom, LND

Section 2: About Your Organization

Organization Name

FC Unity

Organization Website

Organization Phone

+ 44 (0)20 7864 9939

Organization Address

Tulip House - 70 Borough High Street - London SE1 1XF

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United Kingdom, LND

Your idea

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Name Your Project

UNITY Programme - UK

Country your work focuses on

United Kingdom, LND

Describe Your Idea

FC Unity is creating an annual sporting, development and educational programme based in London that brings together different communities in London, mobilising the minority communities with mainstream British society and empowering young people from diverse areas and backgrounds to achieve a positive change within their areas.
It will unite private, public and volunteer sectors with communities to create a youth-led model that can be rolled out nationwide.
The programme is centred around two annual community/corporate football tournaments, two community/corporate leagues, a series of lectures, workshops and debates.
The primary aim is to bring different communities to the table, getting them to work together, facilitate debate and discussions and try to find common solutions to local problems.

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Our idea is unique as it aims to bring all sides through an equal platform created through football, using the universal languague and rules of football and creating an neutral base to overcome problems and obstacles of modern day society.

In addition, all work is undertaken by a group made up of young people from London's diverse communities, further demonstrating that empowering local youth to tackle local problems is what creates long-lasting sustainable results.

All our Young Leaders are trained and employed in different capacities by FC Unity and our partners.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Yes

Impact

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What impact have you had?

Since 2006 FC Unity has been actively involved in promoting community cohesion in the UK through a series of football related initiatives, bringing minority communities together with mainstream British society.

So far we have held over 25 events in various parts of London and Birmingham, as well as our ongoing programme in Iraq. We have worked with a number of organisations, foundations and grass-root community groups, as well as schools, universities, football clubs and local authorities.

Since 2007 FC Unity has held an annual community tournament, organised by a diverse group of young leaders, in London to remember the victims of the 7-7 terrorist atrocities. So far we have had over 100 teams representing over 60 nationalities, with extensive media coverage in the UK and the Middle East.

2009 saw the programme expand with workshops and debates on multi-cultural societies, citizenship and leadership. As a vital addition, following media workshops, our Young Leaders produced a video about the 3rd annual UNITY Cup London and the work they have done to make it a success.

Problem

London is a city that is open, vibrant, dynamic and exciting. As well as being one of the leading financial and commercial capitals in the world, it is also a centre of excellence for art, culture and youth-inspired creativity.

London’s very nature also plays a role in enhancing and promoting values such as tolerance, unity and dialogue as a means of overcoming social barriers, both within specific communities and well beyond them.

London has has a fair share of youth-related issues, such as youth-crime, unemployment, racism and religious extremism. These problems are a threat to the liberal and open structure of British democracy and society.

Actions

Our actions bring together different communities in London, mobilising the communities and empowering young people from diverse areas to achieve a positive change within their areas. It brings private, public and volunteer sectors together with communities to create a youth-led model.

The programme is centred around 2 annual community-corporate football tournaments, two community-corporate leagues, a series of lectures, workshops and debates.

Our actions are based in:
Participation – Engagement – Development - Employment

- Creating youth-led high-profile, long-term sustainable programmes and events that provide a platform for all communities to interact through football and football-related initiatives.

- Engaging and providing development opportunities to a number of young leaders from various communities and empowering them to take the lead through our programmes and create a peer mentoring system.

- Employing young people trained and developed by FC Unity and their partners.

- Finding practical solutions through facilitating democratic debate, discussions and research conducted through FC Unity Young Leaders in their own communities

Results

FC Unity has been actively involved in promoting understanding and community cohesion in the UK through a series of football related initiatives, bringing minority communities(especially Muslim) together with mainstream British society.

So far we have held over 25 events in various parts of London and Birmingham, as well as our ongoing programme in Iraq. We have worked with a number of Muslim organisations, foundations and grass-root community groups, as well as schools, universities, sports clubs and local authorities.

Since 2007 FC Unity held an annual community tournament, organised by a diverse group of young leaders, in London to remember the victims of the 7-7 terrorist atrocities. So far more than 100 teams representing over 60 nationalities have participated, garnering extensive media coverage both in the UK and in the Middle East.

2009 saw the programme expand with workshops and debates on multi-cultural societies, citizenship and leadership. As a vital addition, following media workshops, our Young Leaders produced a video about the 3rd annual UNITY Cup London and the work they have done to make it a success

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1

Creating long-lasting and sustainable partnerships with local communities, local government and local community and faith-based organisations in order to reach out to as many different communities as possible and engage with thousands of young people.

Year 2
Establishing partnerships with corporate and government partners in order fund the work we are undertaking and promote a successful public-private partnership.

Year 3
Evaluate our working model and create a universal model, with evalutaion tools that can be rolled out to other UK cities as well as to a global audience.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Some of the elements that would prevent my project from being a success are:
-Decrease of government funding for projects promoting community cohesion
-Lack of interest of some comunities to support projects that promote integration

However we will always work towards sustaining our aims and objectives and expand the programme to engage with more young people and create more young leaders.
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How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?

United Kingdom, LND

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

FC Unity

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

The concept of team and teamwork are primary to the FC Unity mission and since our first programmes we have created partnerships in order to acieve best results.
FC Unity is run by a senior management team in the UK and Iraq and guided by a senior management team governed by our chairman.
Together with international and local partners we provide a platform for education and personal and professional development opportunities for young adults.
We have established partnerships with UK and US-based NGO's and foundations, US, UK and Iraqi government departments, including the US Department of State, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, The Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sport, The National Olympic Committee of Iraq, the One World Futbol Foundation, The Sager Family Foundation, Kick for Nick Foundation and many others. Together we seek out best practice, discuss, debate and agree on policy, plans and programmes to help deliver the best possible solution to persistent problems connected with youth in the UK and Iraq.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

In order to create long-term sustainable programmes in the UK, we need to confirm partnerships with the business sector who can see the development opportunities for young people and how supporting the development and empowerment of youth can lead to a strong, sustainable and positive communities. Being able to create long-term employment opportunities for local youth who can run FC Unity programme is paramount, as with training provided by FC Unity and partners, our young leaders will need the opportunity to test their skills in a working environment, hence becoming active and positive stake-holders in their own community and society.

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Having worked as a television sports producer I went to interview the then Iraqi head coach (current Belarus head coach) Bernd Stange in Germany a few days before the fall of Baghdad in April 2003.
His commitment to football playing a defining and positive role in nation building, conflict resolution and peace building played a vital role in a strong friendship and working partnership we created together since our first meeting.
His friendship, personal and professional support has led to the creation of the Goodwill UK tour of the Iraq National Team in 2004 which demonstrated the positive impact of football has in bringing countries and cultures closer together.
Since then FC Unity has developed through its initial pilot project phase in 2005 and 2006 with the creation of FC Unity programmes in UK and Iraq in 2007.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Youth make the majority population in the world, yet they suffer from lack of opportunities of development and employment in most part of the world. In developing countries as well countries that have conflict or have just come out of conflict, youth suffer from poverty and violence.
To overcome that we need to create long-term, sustainable and viable programmes in partnership with communities and local stake-holders and we need to engage, develop and empower youth around the world to change communities and societies in a positive manner.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Personal contact at Changemakers

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

Renata Affonso and Dan Burrows

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