Mind Body United FC Mind Body United Football and Beyond Football Club Report for Season 2009-2010
What is MBUFC?MBUFC is a London-based community football team whichaims to help youth become responsible young men by show-ing the values and life skills which are learnt through sports.The full name of the team is “Mind Body United” Which em-phasizes our belief that our words and our thoughts shouldbe portrayed by our actions. We have been running foralmost 2 years and have been playing in the London FootballSaturday AM league. Our players’ ages range from 16-28years old. Mind Body Unted Football Club is registered withthe Amateur Football Alliance (Reg. No. GSN00340).What do we do?Essentially, we are a football club so we train and play in our league. We also try to participate community serviceprojectstriannually to encourage a sense of responsibility and ownership for the community among our players.What League do we play in?We currently play in the London Football Saturday AM League and our Home pitch is at the Clapham CommonFootball Grounds.
Mission Statement “MBU is a youth football club which aims to raise young men into leaders, by helping them aspire to achieve more from their talents and theirlives in an environment where they can feel love, care & support , as a family.”
Mind Body United’s Core Values Living for the Greater good I Align myself to team’s vision, values and goals. I continuously Invest in others to develop their potential. I Multiply the value of the team by taking creative action. I Share best practices with the team. Ownership I take Responsibility for the stated and expected goals. I am Accountable for the execution and the outcomes of our goals. I take Initiative by being proactive and solving problems. I Strive for excellence with passion and commitment. I Execute the goals that I set out to achieve. Teamwork I Mentor team members, to personally aid them in ther development. I keep Open-mindedness to give and receive feedback and new ideas constructively. I Respect team members by trusting them and recognizing the merit they bring. I Energize team members with my conviction in the common vision and goals. Dream Big! I have absolute Conviction I Aspire to challenge limitations by looking for possibilities and seizing the opportunities. I am Results oriented, learning from both the victories and the failures. I am Expert-driven to be an effective part of realizing MBU’s Goals.
Words from our players I believe MBU is a great project that is worth further investment. As young student I appreciate the opportunity to bond with my peers in a constructive environment that teaches teamwork, problem solving and hard work through football. The older members also act as mentors for the younger players which is beneficial for both parties. Many of our members come from disadvantaged families and so can only contribute the minimum that we ask toward maintaining the club. I am also encouraged that the organizers of MBU want to develop this club beyond the football pitch. I know we would like to be able to organize community service activi- ties for the members to teach the values of being a part of and serving the community, but a major obstacle so far has been the lack of funds. It would be great to develop the club to become a sustainable community project’. Tokuwa Kanno, 24 years old This is my second year at MBU, and we are a relatively new club in this league.Yes it has been pretty tough to get started and progress, but now we have started to gel and our experiences, as a team will increase as we continue to play good football. We have a great friend- ship between all the players, and have gotten to know each other quite well. I feel we have established a really excellent community between us, and we can progress a lot further with correct funding for the team. I believe we are the youngest squad in the league, and I sense that it’s really good for the lads to enjoy the sport, and the encouragement of good sportsmanship that there is throughout our team. I believe that as we play together for longer periods of time we can achieve a really good team and community between us all. Alex Fortune, 17 years old MBU have been together for nearly two years now and i have had the pleasure of joining this year and ‘mbu’ for me has brought fun and enjoyment into my football. I play for two teams and even though I enjoy playing for my other team, MBU has a variety in age, ability and nationality. I enjoy it very much when we play and come together as a team. Recently we are on a winning streak and the joy from all the team members you can see in their faces when we win is the reason why i love playing for ‘MBU every week. Samuel Raynbird, 17 years old
Mind Body United FC has had a great start in getting people together toenjoy and play the sport of football. Being able to bring together brothersaging from 16-26+ to spend time together focused on a goal is a great ac-complishment and Ive personally enjoyed it very much. We practice and playgames weekly and its a been a good season so far, we still have a lot to wewant to accomplish but we’re getting there! One of the things Ive enjoyed themost is the friendly atmosphere that has been building itself up, one where anew player can come and be welcomed into the team and encouraged to play.MBU is a great asset to helping our community come closer and I feel that ithas a lot of potential to continue being more than just a normal football club.”Kenneth Read, 21 years old MBU helps me in many ways, the most obvious one is improving my football as a whole and learning to play as a team. I’ve learnt a lot like you can never give otherwise your team will never win. The reason I’m in the MBU team is because i just want to play football and i want to enjoy it and i think MBU players are those who will help me grow as a player and a perso. I enjoy playing with our team a lot! Sammy Davies, 16 years old At first before MBU was founded I was playing for another team, who were competing in the Ryman Youth league at the time. Although on the surface the club was a team that were performing well throughout the first team down to the academy but internally for a lot of players it was a rough ride. The daily training was not enjoyable, matchday always had an eerie feeling - I didn’t want to waste the long coach journey just to sit on the bench the whole game in the rain and many players did ot feel like we had great teamwork. Eventually a number of players left in the first season including me. My new club was MBU, although they didnt play in a great league & was not an established club, it was the club for me. The manager was a great support. The players were supportive and friendly, although we range across multiple cultures, we got on better than bread and butter.The weekly losses were saddening but we gained a lot from them and grew as a team - it helped me feel comfortable and my confidence was at its fullest. I am now in brazil playing for Clube Atlético Sorocaba & am working hard to fulfill my dream of being a professional football player. Toby Suda, 18 years old