About Us

WHO WE ARE

Ekota originally started with a sporting focus and has expanded to provide a wider range of projects to meet the needs of local communities.  Our vision at Ekota is “Empowering communities and future generations through sports, education, knowledge and opportunities’’

Ekota Academy works to help children and adults improve their learning, sporting abilities and skills through teaching, empowerment and embedding self-confidence. Opportunities are available to learn new skills, get active, build networks and improve physical and mental well being.

The organisation offers a range of sporting, education and community-based activities provided by our highly-skilled, experienced and knowledgeable team.

Since our establishment, we have been working to bring communities together and increase social cohesion, improve fitness, technical skills and the general health and well being of local populations.
Our ethos is to encourage all who are involved with our organisation to adhere to behaviors, which centre on respect and unity.

Ekota.

What Does "Ekota" Mean?

The word Ekota in Sanskrit means “Unity” and in Cree, it means “The place to be”, we aim to achieve both of these things by unifying the community and by providing a positive environment. Where children and adults can thrive, access opportunities, connect and improve their physical and mental well-being.

Our Aims

Our aim is to bring communities together, nurture and support individuals and groups to flourish and to continue to give back to create a cycle of success. At our heart is the message of being resilient, unique, and connected.

Our Objectives

To operate as virtual and physical health and well-being community hub. This would include receiving and delivering on social prescribing referrals to help tackle inequalities and a range of societal issues from childhood obesity to loneliness. To deliver sporting activities to increase participation in sport for young people and adults at all levels to support improved physical and mental well-being.

To lead on grassroots activities to create a foundation to nurture future sporting talent and provide opportunities for progression for individuals with the potential and interest in pursuing their sporting ambitions. To be a voice and support local community integration to ensure that no groups are excluded and that communities connect to understand their commonalities through sport and other activities.
Increase female involvement in sport, leadership roles and empower women from all backgrounds. Ensure the resilience and leadership capabilities of future generations through mentoring, coaching and leadership development.

At Ekota we have not taken a selective approach to those who join our club and football activities. We have encouraged young people with no sporting abilities, varying physical levels and from challenging backgrounds to become involved and participate. This aligns to our central mission statement and approach to maximise participation in sport for all.

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This is a chance to be a part of a social movement working with an experienced and passionate team. Become a volunteer today and gain new skills, meet new people, support and give back to your local community. Our opportunities can also help those individuals seeking paid employment to build up their confidence and skills. You must be 16 years and above with no criminal convictions. All volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check. You will receive a range of relevant training and support to deliver your role.

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All our volunteers will have to go through a process of recruitment and checks will be undertaken. If you are interested in volunteering with the club please complete the Ekota volunteer application and email it to contact@ekotaacademy.com.