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18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

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Annie Zaidi awarded BEM for services to sport

Posted: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:58

Annie Zaidi awarded BEM for services to sport

Annie Zaidi awarded BEM for services to sport

Annie Zaidi, otherwise known as 'Coach AnnieZ' has been awarded an BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for recognition of her services to sport.

Annie, 32, has transcended stereotypes about race, gender and religion to become the first female Muslim football coach in the UK. Described by David Beckham as "an inspiration to so many people", Annie's coaching portfolio includes the U21 men's team at Queens Park Rangers, the Leicester City U11 girls' team, and BME Coach Mentee at the FA. She is working towards her UEFA B coaching licence and has her sights set firmly on becoming a coach in the professional men's game.

Annie's love for the game started when she was a young girl playing football in the back garden with her brothers, and now 20 years on her passion has become her career. The BEM will add to her other recent accolades which include the 2015 Helen Rollason Award for Sport and Football Coaching, and National Ambassador for Sporting Equals, Women in Football and Football for Peace.

As a life-long Arsenal supporter, Annie's ultimate ambition is to one day become manager of the Gunners. She refers to football as her 'second religion' and has set up a Foundation helping to create more opportunities for girls and young women to realise their potential. From speaking at the Fifa Women's Football and Leadership Conference to community coaching, mentoring and school visits, Annie has become a positive role model.

The Coach AnnieZ Foundation welcomes your support to help empower, inspire and encourage the next generation of young people to achieve their goals in life.

For all enquiries, bookings and donations please contact:

Tags: FA, Leiecster city, annieZ, coaching, football

Reed Outlines Challenges for Sport

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:23

Reed Outlines Challenges for Sport

Andy Reed was speaking at the Sports Coach UK Summit in Glasgow this week.

Sports Coach Summit 2014

From the website:

Sport and Recreation Chair Andy Reed told the UK Coaching Summit that a change of outlook is needed when setting physical activity and sport policy.

Reed highlighted the increased prominence of sport on the political agenda over the last 50 years. However, he also noted the complex sporting environment – and disjointed, short-term policy making.

He examined trends in society including an ageless population, the cult of celebrity, and the idea of the importance of an appearance of perfection in people's lives. Reed also considered the challenges faced by society such as increased inactivity.

He said that to meet these changes policy needs to be cross department and cross policy and must take into account changing society if it is to impact positively on people's lives. This includes supporting physical activity in people's everyday lives and ensuring there is access to physical activity and sport for everyone. It also means meeting 'consumer' needs and understanding peoples' environment, as opposed to falling back into the 'comfort zone' of methods and policy used before. He also added that, although sport 's political profile has grown, there is a need respond to changing political priorities for sport and physical activity following major events such as Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.

Tags: Coaching, Sport

Kick London - Looking to work in Sports Ministry?

Posted: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:05

Kick London - Looking to work in Sports Ministry?

Over at Kick London we are looking to grow the work we do in schools and the local community through our sports coaching. Already we work in around 20 schools and about 11 academies and additional community projects with 5 full time coaches and about 70 volunteers.

We know it is possible to replicate the work we have been doing and so we are looking to find people willing to replicate our model and work with us across the country - in a franchise type operation.

If you are interested in being part of the journey and want more details please contact me or Mark Anderson whose details are on the advert!

Tags: Coaching, Kicklondon, Sport

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