A ground-breaking development in the heart of a Leeds community has been launched marking a pivotal moment in Beeston’s sporting history.
The inauguration of Cross Flatts FC by Hamara, has been formally launched and it’s a pioneering initiative is set to reshape perceptions and engagement with football, uniting passion, talent, and a profound sense of belonging.
Propelled by a vision to establish a football club deeply ingrained in the fabric of our community, the founding principles of Hamara’s football club prioritise inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility.
Offering a platform for aspiring footballers of all ages and backgrounds, more than a club, Cross Flatts FC is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions.
The club is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone feels embraced, aiming to dismantle barriers and construct bridges within our diverse community in the heart of Beeston. to celebrate their shared love for the beautiful sport.
At the core of Hamara’s Cross Flatts FC’s mission is the commitment to nurturing local talent through robust youth development programs.
With a strategic focus on grassroots initiatives, the club endeavours to identify, foster, and elevate young players, equipping them with the necessary tools and guidance to pursue their football dreams.
Recognising the significance of being more than a weekend spectacle, Cross Flatts FC is devoted to active engagement with the local community through a variety of outreach programs, events, and collaborative endeavours.
From forging partnerships with local schools to participating in charitable initiatives, it seeks to extend its positive impact beyond the confines of the football pitch.
In a statement, Hamara Centre said: “We extend our sincere gratitude to all the sponsors of Cross Flatts FC. This new launch is a testament to the unwavering commitment and dedication of our community.
“A special acknowledgment is owed to Leeds United Foundation, who have stood by us from humble beginning, offering continuous support and even generously providing football kits for all our team.
“Their invaluable contribution has played a pivotal role in making this venture possible, and we are truly thankful for their steadfast support.”
Ben Potter, Active Through Football Project Lead – Leeds United Foundation, commented: “As a foundation we will continue to support Cross Flatts FC throughout the journey into different leagues creating opportunities for the communities and providing as much support as possible to make the transition as easy as possible for the team.”
“In every kick, every goal, and every shared moment on the field, we are building more than just a team – we’re cultivating a community,” added Jonir Ali- Chairman of Cross Flatts FC.
“Cross Flatts FC is a symbol of diversity, resilience, and the beautiful game’s ability to transcend cultural boundaries. We look forward to continuing our legacy and inspiring generations to come through the love of football.”
Rayan Gani – Team Captain said: “As we kick off each game, we are not just eleven players; we are a symphony of individual stories, cultures, and aspirations converging on the green canvas of the pitch.
“The cheers and the celebrations after a goal are not just about victories but about forging lasting connections that extend far beyond the final whistle.
“We are not only chasing victories but also creating lasting bonds that extend beyond the pitch. We look forward to not only making our mark but also leaving a positive impact on the hearts of those who support us.
“This is more than football; this is a shared journey of growth, friendship, and the joy that comes with playing the beautiful game.”
Club Manager, Babor Qureshi, commented: “We aim to provide a platform for players to nurture their talents and create opportunities for personal and athletic development. We are a catalyst for growth, fostering an environment where dreams can take root and flourish.
“As we embark on this exciting journey, we invite the community to join us in celebrating the spirit of inclusivity, diversity, and the boundless possibilities that football brings.”