On Tuesday 1st August we were delighted to welcome Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney AM to the 20th annual Camden Unity Cup. The day saw a number of different organisations take part from across Camden, with Fitzrovia Youth in Action planning and running the event at Coram’s Fields. Alongside the football tournament, which saw 500 young people take part, the free family festival offered people the opportunity to get involved in other activities with live music and entertainment on stage.
With so many young Londoners in attendance, Fitzrovia Youth in Action, who each year are central to the running of the event, also provided a space in which to raise awareness of mental health. During the day people were encouraged to take part in a workshop that involved watching a short documentary and answering a survey. In carrying out the survey they hope to gain an insight into the different views and understanding that people have on mental health. Joanne McCartney got involved and commented on the thought and creativity that had gone into the workshop. This is a fantastic way to highlight the importance of both mental as well as physical health.
Our Sports Development Officer, John Jones said of the event:
“The Camden Unity Cup is such a great idea, and it is fantastic that so many young people have got involved. The clubs have worked really hard to put on such a big day, and of course the young people on the steering group who planned the whole thing deserve the most credit for the way it has come together. The way the young people taking part have enjoyed themselves shows the benefits of sports development, and the importance of young people taking leadership roles. It has been a really good day.“
Since the Camden Unity Cup was first established 20 years ago it has grown to become an important event in the community’s calendar. It is an especially successful way of engaging young people in their local community, with a steering group made up of those from different clubs and organisations across the borough. This was a brilliant opportunity to show Joanne McCartney the power and positive impact that grass-roots community organisations have within London. By working together with a number of partners, even more opportunities can be provided to young Londoners in the future.