United Community Activity Network (UCAN) have teamed up with Birmingham City Council (BCC), LGK in the Community, Holford Drive Community Sports HUB and Continental Star FC for the 8th year running for the annual festive food bank. The project is also supported by some of Birmingham’s largest food distributors to lift the cities festive spirits and offer the needy an opportunity to join in with the festive food bank. This year has been difficult for many of us with the unstable climate and constant change in restrictions. The pandemic has changed the way we live and work but has also had a massive impact on the food poverty issue in the city.

A special thanks goes out to Diane, Becky and the numerous volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that the various organisations/ charities received their food parcels and toys. 

Continental Star’s Diane Sawyers is finally acknowledge for her contribution to grassroots football over the years.  “… it is a well deserved award… so many young people have benefitted from her involvement over the years.” Lincoln.  “She has stood out in a male dominated arena, ensuring that things get done…”  Gary.  “…Diane is always prepared to lead by example… “ Keith.  “…she is an example of what can be achieved, if you’re determined enough.”  Becky.

Well done, Di

Some of the youths at The Hub before lockdown enjoying the KICKS programme.

Commissioning Brief 


Established in September 2013 (charitable arm) for the benefit of citizen’s residing in Perry Barr and the surrounding area, Holford Drive Community Sports Hub (HDCSH) has been delivering a range of community, health and recreation activities and aiding the development of young people, through sport & recreation activities and services to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate maturely and responsibly within society.

Development Necessity

During our 6-plus years of delivery, in addition to our ‘objects’, we have developed the following additional delivery objects:

  • Holiday Activity Schemes for children & young people
  • A venue for cultural events from many diaspora
  • The ability of being able to contribute to the Commonwealth Games as a training venue
  • Foodbank / food distribution provision
  • Youth diversion, development, mentoring and support.

Recognising the need to adapt to changing service delivery opportunities/needs, in June and July 2019, Trustees met with sports and community support & development practitioners and the National Lottery Community Fund local officer to gain advice on how HDCSH could ‘adapt’ in order to be ‘fit for delivery purpose’ over the next 3 – 5 years.  As part of the process a Trustee and stakeholder away day was held, a SWOT analysis and an organisational strength checker were undertaken to ascertain where we are as a charity and where we need to be going forward in order to provide the best service provision we can for our beneficiaries.

This exercise identified that HDCSH badly needed a new development plan funding and forward strategy.

The Holford Drive Community Sports Hub went on to secure a National Lottery Community Fund Development Grant, to undertake a variety of development-linked activities, one being the drafting of a Development Plan including a strategic action plan covering the period: 1st February 2021 – 31st January 2024.

The Development Plan should cover the following areas:

  • Organisational health-check
  • Overview of delivery to date in-line with CIC and Charitable ‘objects’
  • SWOT analysis
  • Covid-19 impact
  • Staff needs analysis
  • Funding strategy
  • 12 – 24 – 36 month and beyond, costed action plan.

Application process:

If you would like to apply for this commission/tender opportunity, please submit and expression of interest/tender, explaining your experience of development planning, approach, methodology, costs and details of referees, in no more than 1,500 words.


  • Call for tenders – Monday 19th October to Friday 23rd October 2020 (strict deadline!).
  • Tenders will be assessed and commission awarded during week commencing 26th – 30th October 2020.
  • Proposed Start Date: – on or prior to 2nd November 2020.
  • Proposed End Date: – on or prior to Friday 29th January 2021.
  • Confirmation of the budget is available upon request. Payment terms are as follows: 1/3rd up front, a further 1/3rd on the production of an agreed first draft, the final 1/3rd once the Management Committee have received and are satisfied with the final draft.

Please return to:

Lincoln Moses MBE, Chairman

Holford Drive Community Sports Hub,

101 Holford Drive,

Perry Barr


B42 2TU

0121 356 0622

07773 321568

Or electronically to:


Thank you for your consideration.

Lincoln Moses MBE on behalf of the Board of Trustees

Watch our very own GM, Lincoln Moses, discuss the impact of racism in football on the ‘In Sight’ tv programme.

Some people may still be surprised that in 2019 we are still discussing the impact of racism in football. Watch as they discuss the relevance of Kick-it-out and a the impact of racism here in England is trivialised as it is deemed not to be as bad as it is in eastern Europe; “…count your blessings. ”  being one of the phrases used.

The Insight programme was recorded earlier in the year, whilst the John Barnes interview is more recent.  John Barnes makes some salient points which suggest that society and not just football has to find the solution to this problem. 

profligate play

Shipson 1 v CSFC 5

What should have been a routine back pass and clearance by the keeper led to Jayden W scoring Star’s first goal in the open exchanges of the game. Shipston tried to clear their heads and get back on the offensive but Star’s intricate passing saw them create a plethora of chances, all of which they failed to convert before half time.

The second half began as the first half had ended with Star controlling the game and Shipston attempting to hit them on the counter. However, an excellent goal by Sam early in the half put the game beyond doubt even at this early stage.  Sam added to his opener shortly afterwards when he ran onto an adroit pass by centre back Josh; before Jordan and player manager, Davion added to the score line.  

Star were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal and as the game progressed it began to have a feel of a pre-season friendly.  If Star are going to accomplish anything this season they cannot just settle for playing pretty football, they must develop a ruthless streak in front of goal!