We believe in young people. They can do incredible things. Not just with their own lives, but for others too. They just need a chance to prove it, and the right people in their corner.
Our Founder, Mushad Ahmed
Football has always been a big part of Mushad’s life. Like a lot of kids, it started off with kicking a ball around the streets where he grew up, in Harehills and Chapeltown.
He started playing for local teams and his skills and talent grew. Mushad’s commitment and passion for the sport led him to want to give something back to his community. He began working with local youths not just to improve their playing but to encourage them to aim for the greater benefits sport can offer.
Now Mushad’s small team are as dedicated and passionate as he is, and together they organise competitions, tournaments and leagues in the local community to showcase the new talent coming through. More importantly, through the love of the game, Mushad and his team encourage, support, guide and build confidence in each other and in themselves.
We are a local group in Leeds determined to help give young people, children and the community better chances. Through a range of activities around sport and fitness, young people have something to focus on. This keeps them motivated and their potential alive.
Children face a lot of pressures and struggles at different times in their lives, and sometimes that’s enough to push them into crime. Petty stuff usually, but that can be the start of something more serious and can lead to a criminal record. That’s when they’re all too often written off by society, and they stop caring about everything and everyone, including themselves. Sadly, there are plenty of kids out there just like that.
We help them see a life without crime and gangs. We give young people something positive and concrete to focus on – weekly training, teammates, an upcoming match – and that gives them structure, routine, commitment and confidence.
In time it can replace the gangs, the run-ins with the police, and the hurt. It takes time and a lot of patience, but with the right guidance and support our kids start to feel good about themselves, do better at school and get on with other kids just like them. Then one day they start to live a life very different from the one they know.
One Formation organises events and projects for all age groups to tackle perceptions of crime, promote feelings of safety and create fairness in the community.
In recent years our society has faced many challenges with drugs, gang-related violence, hate crimes, and divisions among and within communities of different faiths and backgrounds.
One Formation is now working with a range of local and community organisations to build bridges and promote social cohesion through various activities, and in particular through sports.
We receive support from Leeds Utd, West Yorkshire Police, JP2F4S and Leeds City Council.Register now
Developing our Community
We bring communities together in any way we can. Our weekly coaching sessions for children, supported by Leeds Utd, is just one way. We also run midweek football leagues, FA-affiliated with an under-14s team, and provide a children’s play scheme and other family events. Fitness classes are run throughout the week for men and women, providing nutritional information and tips on how to to stay fit.
We also use these sessions to increase understanding of differences in the community, build relationships between people who wouldn’t normally mix, and break down barriers.Register now
Young Leaders Programme
Our Young Leaders Programme tackles issues on radicalisation and extremism. It helps young people to develop their communication and leadership skills, and teaches about the risks of extremism and exploitation.
We have many programmes and activities in place, but we’re not done yet! There is more we can do and so many more young people we can help. That’s why we want to take our learning and expertise to other areas in West Yorkshire.Register now
Employment, Training & Skills
It’s been almost three years since we started One Formation. A lot has happened since then. Today we’ve opened up more opportunities for young adults to volunteer at various events, such as our summer play scheme and sports day with our local Bankside Primary school.
Our programme helps young people get ready for work and better still, a career. With the skills they learn, backed up with the support and guidance they receive, they can make the right GCSE choices, improve job searches and their CV writing, complete job applications and raise their self-esteem. Through our partnership with the Leeds City Council (Leeds Community Safety), we organise regular job fairs and apprenticeship courses in the community.
We involve young people in everything we do. We listen to their views, opinions and concerns. Through one-to-one contact and group activities, we can make a difference. We never label because we remember we were just like them once. It takes time, but by understanding a young person’s needs and respecting who they are, slowly we can build their trust.
When you think about the pressures young people face today – unemployment, racism, Islamophobia, injustice, family and cultural pressures – it can all paint a bleak future. So although they can take some convincing, we make sure they value their education and see just how important it is.
Young people need support, encouragement and, from time to time, a good push in the right direction. We can help open doors, but the rest is up to them. We give them the best possible chances of finding jobs and opportunities, and we build up their confidence and self-esteem when they need it most – something many haven’t had before.
We want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people. Through providing a supportive one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, we help them to achieve their potential. Our committed volunteers, national leadership and standards of excellence support our kids as they become confident, competent and caring adults.