iSE | Supporting a Social Enterprise with Impact!
Zehir Kadra formed Birmingham Impact Football Club (BIFC) in December 2016 with the goal of using his skills as a football coach to develop employment opportunities for himself.
Having previously worked in a social enterprise, Zehir thought the Community Interest Company (CIC) model would be the ideal legal structure for his enterprise.
Moving on to 2018, Zehir runs the club from two sites in the City, Moseley Rugby Club and Washwood Heath where he was asked to help tackle crime and deprivation by the Police. BIFC now has three staff recruited through the Youth Promise Plus programme, young people who until joining BIFC were “NEET” (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
Zehir’s goal is to train the young coaches to Football Association qualification.
For a young organisation the list of achievements is long … the organisation became a CIC in June 2017 after Zehir took part in iSE’s FUSE start up programme and has been funded to work with young people by Clarion Housing Group. Two volunteer coaches have joined the team and positive feedback from both young people and parents is growing. There is one All Star Development Squad with West Bromwich Albion football club and the confidence of the children is growing on and off the pitch. Creating social cohesion in local communities remains a key aim of BIFC and Zehir has had considerable success bringing together young people and parents from Romanian, Polish, Jamaican, Africa and Pakistani backgrounds to play together in mixed teams, as well as involving young people with conditions such as ADHD.
The future certainly looks bright for BIFC with over 100 young people on the books and the organisation under Zehir’ s guidance is working towards financial stability and exploring social funding and investment. Zehir is getting the young people ready for league football and is actively looking for sponsors especially for kit.
For more information contact Zehir Kadra or speak to Simon Veasey at iSE.