Meet Abdal

Abdal Ahmed is a youth coach, East London community leader, charity worker and entrepreneur.  Abdal is tireless in his quest to empower people; whether he is training young people in sports, volunteering in East London or working alongside the Human Relief Foundation to end suffering in some of the poorest regions in the world.

As a semi-professional footballer with a successful career, Abdal recognized the power of sport to unite people and provide new opportunities for individuals as well as communities. Abdal came to University of East London late in the year and secured a place on our Foundation Degree before pursuing a BA in Sports Science.

His time at University of East London was life changing for Abdal. As well as learning skills in sports coaching and development, Abdal met many friends and connections throughout the East End and beyond that he continues to work with today.


Always giving back

Since graduating, Abdal has travelled around the world developing schools and sports initiatives, building water wells and providing food and medical aid to refugee camps

Abdal has raised over £28,000 during the Covid-19 lockdown for projects in Ghana, Philippines and Indonesia supporting schools, mosques and orphans.   His aim is to equip people with the tools and experience to progress through life and positively contribute to society.

Abdal opened the Ottoman Doner restaurant in Whitechapel and continues to volunteer within the community. During the Covid-19 crisis he helped on the front line by delivering food to vulnerable residents throughout the capital.

Sport remains a big part of Abdal’s life and he completed the London Marathon in 2018 and Prudential Ride London in 2019. Abdal continues to teach and mentor young people as he passes on his knowledge and experience to the next generation.

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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (West Ham United Foundation)

The degree programme is designed to embed industry experts throughout the duration of the course, with West Ham United Foundation and Academy delivering on half of your modules. You'll learn the skills needed to become an inspiring, motivating and highly qualified coach as well as how to design training programmes and analyse performance.

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