20 February 2015
300 young people from21 youth organisations across London took part this week in London Youth’s half term football championship, supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.
The tournament, which took place at Power League in Shoreditch, saw the teams compete at under12, under 14, under 16 and under 19 leveland was played in a great spirit, with young people encouraged by their youth workers to respect each other and the referee. In a week where football in London was under the microscope for the bad behaviour of some supporters on a European trip, the young players and the youth workers at our tournament were happy to have the chance to focus on the best aspects of the game, and to have fun, compete and show great team spirit together.
Sab the senior youth worker at Salaam Peace said that for the teams he had entered, who usually play in Waltham Forest, it was great to be able to meet other young people from different parts of the capital and test themselves out in a friendly and supported environment. Mark, the youth work leader at Streatham Youth and Community Trust agreed it was a great day, and that despite the cold the teams who had come up from South London had got a lot out of the occasion and could be proud of what they achieved.
The winning teams were:
1. Big Kid Foundation 1. Copenhagen Youth Project
2. Springfield 2. Lansdowne
3. London APSA 3. Kensington Dragons
1. Somers Town Future FC 1. Big Kid Foundation
2. Greenhouse 2. Somers Town Future FC
3. Mile End Community Project 3. Greenhouse
John Jones, sports development officer at London Youth said: ‘It was great to bring together so many young people from across the London Youth membership. In half term, there aren’t always that many things for young people to do, so having the chance to take on other teams, supported by youth workers and volunteers, can make a big difference. We’re really grateful to all the teams, the youth workers, the referees and the volunteers for helping make the tournament a success. And of course we’re thankful to the Jack Petchey Foundationand Power League for helping make it possible.’
If your youth club wants to get involved in future sports tournaments then please get in touch with the Sports Development team You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07736 619595.