What is Boxercise?

Coach | December 2nd, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Join us for inclusive Boxercise each Saturday and Monday – bring a friend or make new friends, feel good and have more energy. All ages and disabilities welcome.

(See below for more information.)

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Warm up in the Gym this Winter. Boxing Sessions Are On!

Coach | November 16th, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Inside Superfit Fitness Club

Disabled especially welcome.

All abilities from beginners to advanced athletes benefit from our fun ‘Boxercise Marathon’ sessions—just one hour of solid workout to get you warm and fit this winter.

Bring a friend or come alone and make new friends.

We are a non-profit and ask for just £1 donation per session. (Boxercise sessions are usually £6 to 8.) Support your community sports!

When? Mondays 5 – 6 PM and Saturdays noon-1 PM.

Where? Superfit Fitness Club, 406 Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, London  E8 3PN

Totally inclusive sports brought to you by AccessSport.

Here’s a map for you – if you have any questions at all, please feel welcome to contact Coach Danny on 07951 627 066.
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Buganda Day of Sport 2011

Coach | August 29th, 2011 - 5:48 pm

This year, Malaika Youth Project made a strong showing at the annual Buganda Day of Sport in Newham.

A day of fitness and fun, there were activities for everyone from the age of 3 years and up – the seniors had no excuse not to participate, as the sports ranged from track and field to table tennis, football to omweso (a board game in the Mancala family). Awards and prizes were given to individuals, groups and clans.

Celebrating the clan, the building block of Buganda society (also spelled Baganda) the day promotes friendship, diversity and unity.

Member of the managing committee, Daniel Lutaaya, said, ‘Social cohesion is more important than ever in today’s world of factions and discontent. Especially after the recent riots, we at Malaika wanted to show that people are stronger together. Together, we can overcome adversity.’

Habib Musisi, another member of the management committee, was pleased with Malaika Youth Project’s participation in this large community experience. ‘This event brings together all Ugandans in the UK, helping to maintain, preserve and promote the culture.’

Community events like these promote goodwill, tolerance and a sense of belonging. The absence of a sense of belonging has been shown to be increase crime, and foster a perceived lack of economic and social opportunity, and hopelessness. Malaika Youth Project targets these societal ills by providing free or very low-cost inclusive sports, education and mentoring. Everyone, of every ablity and disability is welcome. Find out if we are offering something that’s right for you!

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Join us for Boxercise – All Abilities Welcome

Coach | August 13th, 2011 - 11:53 pm

Are you a total beginner, or been inactive lately? Are you or a family member disabled?

Join us for Boxercise (safe, non-contact boxing) twice a week. Our fully qualified instructors are friendly and can tailor your Boxercise classes for virtually any special need.

Don’t be intimidated—you can achieve the benefits of Boxercise, including boosted self-confidence, more energy, better concentration and better performance at school or work. The gains you get from sport can spread throughout your life, so give it a try.

Suggested donation of £1 per class; no one is turned away. The Summer programme runs through 10 September 2011.

WHEN? Wednesdays  5.00-6.30 PM and Saturdays  Noon-1.30 PM

WHERE: West Ham Park (Near Margery Gate, Upton Lane, E7 9PU)

QUESTIONS? Call or text Coach Danny on 07961 627 066 or email us at info@malaikayouthproject.org.uk

In partnership with Access Sport, Transforming Lives Through Sport.

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Book Club Launch in Kampala

Coach | August 8th, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Kampala, Uganda ~ The Book Club launched with the comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

Fast, wickedly funny, tender and quirky, Much Ado About Nothing was the perfect choice to launch our Book Club in Kampala. The new club members are enjoying performances of the play to illuminate their readings.

All of the members are new to Shakespeare, and they have been commenting that they never thought the Bard could be so easy to understand and enjoyable. Well done, and keep up the fun!

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Malaika Book Club in Uganda

Coach | July 18th, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Photo: Espen Faugstad

One of our Trustees is visiting our Ugandan base, where he is also delivering books for the Malaika Book Club.

The girls and boys, and young men and women of the area, are gaining reading and writing skills while having so much fun that they do not even realise they are learning. They are enjoying the companionship of the Book Club, along with the great stories of authors from around the world that they discover together.

100% of all Malaika Book Club donations go towards the purchase of books for young people, and are much appreciated.

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Sport Benefits Everyone

Coach | July 12th, 2011 - 3:33 pm

Watching disabled men and women gain mental and physical strength from sports is both humbling and inspiring.

Disabled Sports USA helps disabled people benefit from sport – reminding all of us that we should get more active, and that there are NO excuses for not exercising.

At Malaika Youth Project, we get a lot of satisfaction from tailoring non-contact boxing, football and other sports, for the disabled. The benefits for everyone are enormous. Whether you’re fit, inactive, overweight, or suffer from a serious disability, you can experience the joy of sports.

Don’t let anything hold you back; come join us for the summer boxing sessions!

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The Iron Man – Performed by Graeae Theatre Company

Coach | June 19th, 2011 - 11:57 am

Best Actor with Biggest Hands and Feet!

Join us next Saturday, 25 June 2011, for a performance of the award-winning Iron Man. Graeae Theatre Company is a very special group creating excellent quality, inclusive theatre. Don’t miss this show!

It’s free. We will pick up young people at various points in East London in plenty of time for the 13.45 performance at  the Greenwich Festival. As always, the disabled are very welcome.

Contact us to make arrangements:
Email: info@malaikayouthproject.org.uk

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Ancient Roman London

Coach | June 8th, 2011 - 2:39 am

Photo: Roman London by Jim Shelton

Lucky Malaika Youth Project students personally viewed ancient Roman ruins around the City of London this half-term.

Led by a real-life archaeologist, we went on a fantastic tour of the Museum of London, learning about the way of life about 2,000 years ago, and seeing models of homes and grand buildings. Our group was surprised by the beautiful, sophisticated Italian-style buildings in Roman London.

Then we toured the remains of this remarkable civilization—at least, those parts visible above ground, such as the Temple of Mithras and parts of the City Wall.

Malaika Youth Project is pleased to take young people on fascinating and educational tours around their great city. Our activities are free. Contact us if you would like to join us! Disabled are always welcome; just let us know how we can accommodate your special needs.

(The above image is from Sean McLachlan’s excellent article on TimeTravel-Britain.com We recommend his books. )

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Geoffrey Munika wins the coveted International Masters Belt Championship

Coach | June 5th, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Geoffrey Munika, International Masters Belt Champion with Daniel Lutaaya (L) and Moses Kinyua (R)

Geoffrey Munika, new champion, is a great supporter of Malaika Youth Project and disadvantaged youth. He will be sharing his story and inspiring more young people to excel in both the UK and East Africa.

Geoffrey won the International Masters Belt on 4 June 2011 by a stunning knock out in the 6th round. We congratulate him and thank him for all the great work he has done!

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African Gala Concert

Coach | June 1st, 2011 - 7:18 am

Afro-beat traditional and modern music, dance and singing. A rare chance to see the outstanding ACD Arts and benefit a great cause.

Proceeds from the African Gala go to Malaika Youth Project’s work in East London and East Africa. Enjoy yourself and support your community at the same time.

Buy your tickets now to get the early-bird discount.

£10 now (£15 at the door)

Need more information? Call Danny on 07951 627 066 or Liz on 07861 658 747

or email: info@MalaikaYouthProject.org.uk

The African Gala is on Friday, 17 June at a great venue called Open the Gate. They offer good food and comfortable surroundings. Don’t miss it.

Open the Gate33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, N16 8BJ

The party goes from 9.00PM to 2.00AM.

Get a taste of ACD Arts in this video clip. Buy tickets online here.

Buy tickets online.

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Much Ado About Nothing – the hottest show in London is a great introduction to Shakespeare

Coach | May 31st, 2011 - 1:43 am

Starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the merrily warring couple, Benedick and Beatrice, this production of Much Ado About Nothing is perfect for Shakespeare newbies and nerds alike.

Set in 1980’s Gibraltar, complete with Michael Jackson and Indiana Jones costumes at the fancy dress party and Shakespeare’s songs set to 1980’s-style music, it is so well done that it makes Shakespeare immediate and accessible to almost anyone. We have been taking our pupils to see the play—their first ever Shakespeare—and they have absolutely loved it.

Those who have experienced the live participation of theatre—the feeling of being part of something extraordinary, the emotional and intellectual transformation—know that a single performance can change lives. We founded the Shakespeare Club to offer this joy to as many young people as we can.

We are very grateful to the cast and crew, and for the generosity of Wyndham’s Theatre, a Delfont Mackintosh theatre, for making this possible.

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