Local young residents came out in force to compete in the tournament, with a record breaking 12 teams for the over 14’s category. Cardinale Pole High School was crowned the winner after a ‘sudden death’ penalty shoot-out against Academy High School.
The football tournament, sponsored every year by Sanctuary Housing and organised by community sports group Y2K, was also supported by Tesco, who were giving away free refreshments and snack packs to the players.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We were glad to be able to support this annual event, it was lovely to meet some of our residents on the day and to watch the exciting football tournament.
“Bringing communities together is an important part of my role so it was lovely to see this event do just that, I hope we can continue to support this festival in the future”
Elaine Price, Tesco borough community champion, said: “Tesco managers and colleagues were so excited to be part of the football tournament. Handing out the snack packs to all the players really felt like adding a personal touch to the day.
“It was great to be part of this event and Tesco is looking forward to continuing to offer support, putting community at the heart of everything we do in the great borough of Hackney.”
Hundreds of people also enjoyed a variety of free activities at the festival which was organised by local resident forum Well Street Common User Group. Residents were treated to live music, a barbeque, a family dog show, grass track cycle racing and capoeira Brazilian martial arts demonstrations.
Local traders got involved selling crafts, bric-a-brac, books and refreshments and there were also a number of activities for children including fancy dress and the Hackney Playbus.
Derek Smith, one of the residents and Tournament founder, said: “This is our thirteenth football tournament and the liveliest so far. There was a huge response from the older age group.
“The Festival is an event that everyone in our area looks forward to; it is a real tribute to resident engagement.”
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