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The Canary Wharf Football Academy (CWFA) was established in November 2018 by three brothers, Ayas, Aftar and Foysol Ali; after more than 25 years of supporting various local charity organisations throughout Tower Hamlets borough. We decided to venture and open an academy around the Canary Wharf area where we live with the ideology of giving local children a chance in life to experience professional coaching sessions whilst eradicating health and social issues.

CWFA was developed to provide access for local disadvantaged children in Tower Hamlets, with rise in child obesity and health concerns we wanted to create a fun, creative and enjoyable environment which allows boys and girls of all abilities aged from 3 to 19 years-old to take part in high quality football coaching sessions delivered by qualified FA and UEFA badge holders.

Our aim is to encourage young generation an active lifestyle, developing communication skills, help to stimulate social skills, developing fundamental movement skill and to tackle against child obesity in Tower Hamlets. Within the first year of existence CWFA was awarded “Grassroots Project of the Year 2019” from London Football Association. This was an extraordinary achievement for CWFA considering thousands of organisations were nominated for the award.

“This Prestigious award has been awarded on the basis that the project has made significant positive impact on the local community. Outcome of this award really champions the impact on the community rather than the individual.

For example; tangible decreases in crime, increases in youth engagement, driving girls, disability & all football participation."      


                                                                   London Football Association:  July 2019  


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