Established in 2011, Saltley Stallions is a local football club based in Saltley, holding sessions at Heartlands Academy. The club aims to support 17-25 year olds from underprivileged backgrounds. Saltley FC is run by volunteers sharing their love of the game and in addition to football sessions, the club facilitates workshops for participants to help develop life skills in leadership and teamwork.
The founders of Saltley Stallions FC wanted to support young people following the Birmingham riots in 2011 and bring them together through their love of football. Starting with a team of just seven players, the Stallions have grown into of buzzing football club with over 400 players across a range of age groups. Working with local communities and businesses, the club is run by volunteers and used as a platform to help young people into employment and education.
I first came across Saltley Stallions in 2011 in my role as FA adult participation development officer when they were not yet part of a league. To see where the club is today compared to our first meeting back then is extraordinary.
Matthew Price – Football Association
I first encountered them when writing about the Ramadan Midnight League, which was an extraordinary event and in nearly 15 years as a journalist have I ever come across an organisation as committed to the idea of football as a force for social inclusion and integration than Stately Stallions.
Nick Miller – Journalist
I had the pleasure of getting to know Saltley Stallions after hearing about the Ramadan Midnight League for the Football Association in 2018. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to learn how the club has been instrumental in using sports and fitness to increase engagement, communication and awareness regarding the various obstacles and issues facing marginalised young people in the country.
Dr Zafar Iqbal – First team doctor at Crystal Palace Football Club
Saltley Women’s FC is the latest sports initiative being run by Obayed Hussain.
Participants will receive football training sessions from FA licensed coaches and expert mentorship promoting wellbeing, empowerment, teamwork and leadership to develop their skills on and off the pitch.