Bala Arumugam

   
The chairman’s policy has always been one that the great Mahatma Gandhi once quoted:
 
 "You must be the change that you want to see in the world"
 
Bala has a vast amount of knowledge in multiple sports and a BSc Hons degree in Sport Science from the University of East London. In addition he is one of the only professional boxing coaches of Tamil origin to hold a professional trainers Licence issued by the British Board of Boxing Control and also hold a full amateur coaching qualification certified by the England Amateur Boxing Association. Furthering this, Bala has worked in the Youth sector as a Senior Key worker with a level 3 JNC qualification awarded by the Canterbury Christ Church University (Pictured left Bala collecting the Diploma in Youth work from Sir Jack Petchey). Before his passion to pursue a second career in sports and youth work from 2003 Bala worked in the city for over 15 years reaching the position of 'Global Pricing Manager' for Cable & Wireless Communications, with a reputable cliental base, which included HP, Shell, P&O and Merlyn lynch. 
 
Bala is privileged to depart his knowledge to all those he coaches and also guide them to a successful career in and out of sports. Many of the past members have excelled to becoming teachers, youth workers, coaches, doctors and even a lecturer in Sports Science at the university of East London, which the club is proud of.
 
Bala has successfully worked with thousands of children and young people and has been able to coach/manage members from county youth leagues to senior district level competitions, with a number of the players progressing to semi-professional football and scholarship programs.
 
His valuable experience and charitable efforts have been recognised at all levels of the game and has led him to give a speech at the House of Commons and meet the prime minister at Downing Street.
 
However, the club itself has flourished through the commitment and dedication to their roles of past and present members volunteers. And, I thank them unreservedly for their efforts and time.
 
​On a final note I must show gratitude for my first ever coach, Jumbo Basi who is a former England Rep and current international ref in Boxing. Apart from my father, Jumbo has instilled certain motivational qualities in me that I share in my present coaching. He is the first person to give me an opportunity in sport. No matter how talented or committed you may be you need opportunity and that is what I hope we as a club can offer.
    

Charity Work

   
Apart from my involvement in sports from a competitive perspective I also have a very positive attitude towards charity work. I frequently visited orphanages and schools in rural parts of India and have conducted coaching sessions as well as sponsor equipment, uniforms and football boots. 

However, besides sports based work I have also done voluntary work and sponsored small projects at the Helen Keller institute for the blind and Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) Orphanage. 

My ambition for the future is to create an academy that will help promote sports in rural parts of India, provide opportunities and be a platform for national and international level athletes, with possibilites of competing abroad.