The ethos of Abraham Moss Warriors is to bring people together and improve the lives of young people and their families in the area and our motto is “All different, All Equal, All Welcome”. While our main focus is bringing the community together through sport and other physical activities with players of all abilities, we do boast many successes with our Abraham Moss Warriors football teams.
As well as our success on the football pitch, we also take great pride in the work we do to help break down social divides, raise self-esteem and improve racial harmony and community spirit through team building activities. Here are some of our achievements to date:
- Affiliations with Local F.A. and Leagues
In 2001 we became affiliated to the Manchester F.A. and entered an Under 10s and Under 13s team in the Bury North League.
- Gained Charter Standard Status
In the same year we also gained Charter Standard Status
- Primary School Success
We’ve established good links with the local primary schools, with many of our players coming from St. Chads Primary School and Temple Primary School. Temple Primary School went on to become Charter Standard School of the year for five consecutive years from 2002 to 2007.
- Created History
When our Under 12s team was thrown out of the league in 2003 because we asked to have time off so many members of the team could observe Ramadan, we took the matter to the National F.A. and won the right for all teams nationwide to observe religious holidays for all faiths.
- Coach Training
We know that behind every good team, there is a great coach and over the years, the club has trained 16 qualified football coaches.
- Teaching Fair Play and Respect
The Abraham Moss Warriors won the prestigious Manchester Fair Play award in 2011 and the National RESPECT award in 2012.
In 2012, Abraham Moss Warriors was awarded the first National FA Respect Club of the Year, a prestigious annual award presented by the Football Association to clubs and individuals in recognition for providing the best developmental opportunities in a respectful, safe and fun environment.
Other accolades received by the Warriors include the Queens Award in 2014, which is the group equivalent of an MBE. Our head coach and founder, June Kelly, was awarded the M.B.E. in 2010 and a Pride of Britain award in 2013 for her work with the community.
Other accolades and awards achieved so far include the Manchester City Council Club of the Year, the Manchester Sports Development Club of the Year, National Asian Champions, Manchester Charter Standard Club of the Year Winners 2002, 2003, 2005. 2009, 2010, 2013, and the Regional Charter Standard Winners in 2003, 2005 and 2009. The Abraham Moss Warriors also achieved Community Status in 2013 helping to secure the future of the club.
Abraham Moss Warriors Achievements so far..
Head coach and Abraham Moss Warriors founder; June Kelly MBE; pictured at the Pride of Britain Awards 2013
- Abraham Moss Warriors Football club was formed in 2000 and became a multi sports club in 2016
- Became a Charter Standard club in 2001
- Won Manchester Charter Standard Club of the Year 2002,2003,2005,2009,2010,2013
- Regional Charter Standard winners 2003,2005,2009
- 2003 National FA Volunteer of the Year-Head Coach June Kelly
- 2004 Warriors changing the rules -First National rule change in 51 years by the FA over religious observance forced by Abraham Moss Warriors(*see info below for more details)
*In 2004 Abraham Moss Warriors hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, when June had to take on the National Football Association, after the Warriors were thrown out of the league for not wanting to play during Ramadan as most of the team were fasting as part of their religious observance.
That all members of the team had an equal chance of playing football, involved her lobbying the National FA; a process that took 15 months, however she was instrumental in getting a National rule change so that nobody had to play on days that coincide with religious festivals.
This was the first National rule change in 51 years! This has enabled hundreds if not thousands of players to be able to play football whilst not be penalised due to religious beliefs.
- North West Regional Charter Standard Club of the Year award 3 times2003,2005,2009
- Manchester City Council Sports club of the Year 3 times
- 2007 Kick It Out anti-racism award for working with so many diverse communities
- BBC North West Sports Personality of the Year-Unsung Hero Award 2007 – Head coach June Kelly
- 2007 UMBRO Football Hero for the North West -Head coach -June Kelly
- 2009 Barnardo’s National Children’s Champion Sports National Award -June Kelly Head Coach
- 2010 -Manchester City Council citizen of the Year, as well as the overall Pride Of Manchester Award and Unsung Hero -Head Coach June Kelly
- Manchester Sports Development Unsung Hero 2010- Head coach June Kelly
- Greater Sport volunteer of the Year, Unsung Hero as well as the most Inspirational Role model in the North West in 2010 -Head Coach June Kelly
- An M.B.E in 2011 for services to education, for all the positive work June does voluntarily in Cheetham Hill with Abraham Moss Warriors -Head Coach June Kelly
- Manchester City Council Woman of the Year 2011-Head Coach June Kelly
- Manchester FA Fair play club of the year 2011
- National FA Respect Club of the Year 2012
- Manchester FA Young volunteer of the year 2012 -Sadri
- Manchester FA Volunteer of the Year 2012 -June Kelly
- Achieved FA Charter Standard Community status 2013 highest status a football club can achieve
- A special award as part of the FA 150 most inspirational people in Football 2013
- 2013 FA Pride of Britain Award for Head Coach June Kelly
PRIDE of BRITAIN FA Football Champion June with Prince William and Michael Owen at Buckingham Palace -with the Prince receiving his own Abraham Moss Warriors shirt
Head coach June pictured at 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister and his Abraham Moss Warriors shirt
- Queens Award for Voluntary service 2014 the equivalent of an MBE for community groups
- 2016 Key 103 Project of the Year
- 2017 Manchester FA Inclusive Club of the Year -currently the club has members from 47 nationalities
- 2017 Manchester Sports Development youth and community sports club of the year
- 2017 Manchester City Council Be Proud award runners up -In the Community Change category
The club has also gone on to win numerous trophies for leagues and tournaments; so far 151 different trophies ,as well as having 58 players having trials with professional clubs including OsayamenOsawe who is currently playing in the Bundesliga in Germany.
We are all extremely proud of him.
If you would like your child/family to get involved with the Warriors then why not get in touch.