Brent coach wins UEFA award

Brent Schools’ Football Association wishes to congratulate Fatima Hussein on winning the UEFA Best Grassroots Leader Award. The 19-year-old student scooped the European award after winning the Bobby Moore Award at the 2018 FA Grassroots Football Awards for her work with BSFA and Capital City Academy.

Writing on, Fatima commented “I’m so proud to win the Best Grassroots Leader award this year and hope I can continue to inspire other young girls to follow in my footsteps.

“As a young Muslim woman, I have faced a lot of challenges to get to this point so it’s amazing to be recognised for both my coaching and volunteering.

“The award itself is for leadership, specifically around my work with Sport at the Heart. To be honest, the whole team there deserve an award. We’ve all worked so hard to increase grassroots participation, especially among young girls from the Brent area.

“I coached various football camps over the summer at Roundwood Leisure Centre and the turnout was amazing. I think that’s down to the FA’s investment and support in women’s football and also the buzz of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“A few years ago, we’d struggle to get ten girls to the football camp each day, but over the summer we had around 100. It was always full.”

Talking about how she connects with the girls she coaches, Fatima wrote: “I think the girls trust me because they see I’m just like them, and a good leader definitely has to be relatable. I am always telling them how football saved my life and that’s really no exaggeration.

“When I was a teenager, I was a problem child. My parents wanted me to wear the hijab, go to school, come home, do my homework and go to bed. I wasn’t allowed to play football, so I rebelled in most areas.

“Firstly, I used to pretend to have a job, but secretly still play football. I didn’t like sneaking around, but I couldn’t abandon my passion.

“Football was also a release. School was a struggle back then because I had big trouble with reading English. I remember in class one day my teacher asked me to read a paragraph from a book and I just couldn’t. All the other kids started laughing and I reacted by starting a fight in the classroom.

“From that point onwards, my teacher took me under her wing. She gave me one-on-one tuition at lunch and talked to my mum almost every day. That was when I started to see the impact leaders can have.

“I was also inspired when our school brought down a coach from Queens Park Rangers. He took me to the stadium and eventually started me on my coaching path. I went on to play for QPR as a right winger and hope to turn professional one day.”

However, any ambitions of playing the game for a living will have to wait; Fatima is currently reading Sports Science at Loughborough University and combining her studies with representing Loughborough in both eleven-a-side football and Futsal. 

Fatima is a great example to the young people of Brent, whether they are girls or boys. Her coaching journey – both with BSFA and Sport at the Heart – has created life-changing opportunities for her. We are proud to have played a part in that process and wish Fatima every success whilst simultaneously spreading the message that Brent is full of young people who deserve the chance to achieve their full potential.

U12 boys hit double figures

The Brent Under-12 boys squad claimed an emphatic Regents Park Youth League victory over Eagles United on Saturday. After a good start to the game, Brent scored early in the first half through Danny Gobishavi Porasl who ran on to a through ball and finished well into the top left-hand corner. 

Gobishavi had several shots in the few minutes following the goal and was unlucky not to score another. The second goal was scored in the 20th minute. The ball was played out wide to Fabian Prela, who was involved in a good movement inside. This  led to a shot which was blocked but Prela was able to retain possession and score from a deflection that looped over the opposition goalkeeper. 

Another goal was added to Brent's tally just two minutes later after Dhyan Sharma intercepted a goal kick, his shot was saved, then slotted in by  Gobishavi on the rebound. Late in the first half, Eagles United conceded a penalty after taking down Gobishavi in the box. Dhyan Sharma converted the penalty with a calm finish to the 'keeper's right. 

Both Gobishavi and Sharma were able to complete their hat-tricks in the second half, after scoring two goals each. Bernardo Zanuncio also scored, controlling the ball skillfully before firing into the top left-hand corner of the net. Joe Barrett was also able to score on his debut, hitting a calm finish underneath the goalkeeper. Brent keeper Zebiri scored a rare goal while playing outfield in the later stages of the game. The match finished with Brent winning 12-0. 

Brent coach Chris Dutton commented:  “The game was fairly even at first but when the team settled they showed their strength and skill. The players are working hard in training and were rewarded today with a good win”.

Squad: Trae Golding, Zakariya Zebiri, Tyreece Pollendine, Adam Abdelaziz, James Scollan, Joseph Barrett, Thiago Filho, Bernardo Chaves Zanuncio, Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Danny Gobishavi Porasl.

U10 Girls pick up two wins

Brent's Under-10 Girls team played two Capital Girls' League matches on Saturday 5th October.

In the first game against Barnet Nightingales, Brent took a 1-0 lead into half time thanks to some good footwork from Wales who skipped past several Barnet players to cooly feed Owen who scored a well-worked goal from 10 yards out.The Brent goalkeeper, Hannah, was called into play several times and scooped up many loose balls. 

After half time, Brent peppered the Barnet goal. They won 8 corners and also hit the post but the ball refused to go in. 

Finally, Wales took a speculative long shot which the 'keeper could only palm away onto the back of one of her defenders and the ball spun back into the goal. 

Two goals ahead with two minutes remaining, Brent were caught on the counter-attack and conceded a goal to a fine Barnet move. The final score was 2-1 to Brent.

The second game was a meeting between Brent and AC Finchley, who beat them in the semi-final of the Capital Girls' League Cup last season. In the warm up Brent's captain, Swaby, suffered a severe nosebleed but this was dealt with and the skipper was well enough and brave enough to start.

The Finchley team has talented and physical players and Brent were made to compete for every ball. Palmer and Ana in particular worked tirelessly, breaking up the Finchley moves. 

After a competitive but goalless first half, in which both sides went close to scoring, the teams were level. At the start of the second half, Finchley started superbly and scored from a corner which Brent were unable to clear. 

Brent were able to equalise thanks in part to a superb run down the wing by Wales who selflessly squared to Owen to tap home her team's first goal of the match. 

The game was physical with both teams suffering injuries. Brent’s Rattigan took a blow to the head but gamely played on. 

Wales, who was running the midfield, had taken a big knock during the game but opted to stay on. She finally got her reward with a couple of minutes remaining when - having seen the goalkeeper dawdling on the ball - she sprinted 30 yards to snatch the ball, round the 'keeper and complete a great all round performance with a solo goal. 


The final whistle blew and a bruised, battered but triumphant Brent were the victors having snatched a compelling 2-1 win.

U12 Boys in narrow loss to Barnet

The Brent Under-12 Boys team suffered a narrow defeat in their opening Watkin Cup match, losing 2-1 at Barnet.

Brent started off well with Danny and Kalungi leading the attack and constantly getting behind the Barnet backline. In the opening minute of the game, Kalungi played a through ball from the left hand side into Danny, who managed to slot his shot under the goalkeeper for the first goal of the game. 

After this early breakthrough, Brent did well to withstand sustained pressure from Barnet. Goalkeeper Casper made several good saves and the back three of Tyreece, James and Fabian defended solidly. Unfortunately, a goalmouth scramble following a corner saw the ball deflected off a Barnet player, enabling them to equalise in the 22nd minute of the game. 

Barnet were determined to take the game to Brent after half time, creating two opportunities within the first few minutes of the second half. Casper was able to make some remarkable saves, with Brent keeping Barnet to taking long range shots due to a compact defence. However, Barnet went ahead in the 43rd minute when an attacking player reacted quickest to a loose ball after a save from Casper, putting the rebound away. 

Brent really pushed hard in the last 10 minutes of the game, creating counter-attack after counter-attack. A late opportunity for Dion was ruled out due to a close offside call. 


Brent Squad: Casper, Thiago, Tyreece, James Scollan, Fabian, Dion Selmani, Connor, Adam Abdelaziz, Danny, Kalungi

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