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Dr Miriam Bouchiba is the founder of newly registered charity The Futsal Stars Foundation.
The charity provides financial assistance to young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, supporting their physical and mental wellbeing through Futsal and football coaching.
While working part-time as a dentist in London, Miriam encountered many young people who needed more support with their physical and mental health, especially during lockdown.
Miriam met with to the University of London Futsal Stars head coach Shaz Anwar and together, they came up with the idea for a foundation “for kids who wouldn’t normally be able to access sports classes outside of school hours”.
Speaking to the Islington Cazette, Shaz said: “We feel it is so important for children from all backgrounds to interact with one another and have equal opportunities. Our aim is to achieve this by working in partnership with the Futsal Stars Foundation.”
The children are mentored by coaches from London Futsal Stars, as well as local celebrity Ade Oladipo. The Sky Sports presenter helps guide young people in the foundation as he is passionate about community development and tackling social issues through sport.
The charity recently completed a 3-a-side football league in Camden and Islington, where 15 children had free access. It also has a summer holiday camp in Newhaven, where all 35 children participated for free.
Picture credit: Futsal Stars Foundation
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