Burnley lands Centre of Excellence

Majid Shafiq
Majid Shafiq

A NEW footballing scheme in Burnley is hoping to help the game grow amongst communities.

Set up in April, Mentors of Excellence in Football Scheme is hoping to help youngsters continue their education as well as get top level coaching for players looking to make it semi-pro and beyond.

An open age football team has already been registered to play in the Accrington Combination League from September and links have been formed with the PFF (Pakistan Football Federation), BFF (Bangladesh Football Federation) and the AIFF (All India Football Federation).

Mr Majid Sahfiq, head of MEFS, said: “Where there are mainly all Asian, or all white Caucasian teams. At MEFS we have 30 players in the open age team of which 14 are white caucasian, two are black afro Caribbean, 14 are from an Asian background (including Pakistani and Bangladeshi). All have football talent in common.

MEFS aims are to develop players – develop social cohesion, influence mixing of players from all communities and develop rounded athletes and humans to serve the communities and institution of football collectively.”

MEFS Centre of Excellence, in alliance with Stalybridge Celtic FC, was formed in June and will be set up in two areas of Burnley with classrooms for teaching and lecturing and football pitches for training the centre of excellence squads (16-18 year olds).

There are currently 24 places available for budding school leavers who are talented footballers and they will study NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications, gain FA coaching and referee’s qualifications as well as 10 hours work placements each week.

For an application pack either email apprenticeship@mefsfootballacademy.co.uk or ring Mr Shafiq on 07869 485784.

Closing date is Friday, September 12th.