Would-be Wayne Rooneys in Hackney have been showing off their skills at a Sanctuary Housing-sponsored football tournament on Well Street Common.
Teams from across the area’s estates came together to compete at the event with Eastside United Football Academy storming to victory in the U11 league and the All Stars (consisting of players from Haggerston, Petchey, Cardinal Pole and Hackney New Schools) claiming the U14 title.
The Sanctuary-sponsored tournament is part of the Well Street Festival, which is organised by Well Street Common User Group. Community sports group Y2K organise the tournament itself, with support from Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Club.
Young people from the area will also be able to look forward to advancing their football skills at more sessions later this year, thanks to further funding from Sanctuary. This comes as a direct result of its development of a new housing scheme, Crisp Court on Gascoyne Road, and a community centre.
Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to invest in community-led projects such as this and to see everyone enjoying themselves. It’s been great to see young people in the Hackney community get together over a shared love of the beautiful game, especially with England taking to the stage in Euro 2016.
“There’s been a great turnout to the festival as a whole and it’s been rewarding to see our funding help give so many people in the area a weekend to remember. We hope to see many of them back again for the other sessions we’ll be running later this year so look out for more details coming soon!”
The 15th annual Well Street Common Festival, run entirely by local volunteers, saw residents from across the area enjoy stage performances from Shakespeare to blues music, arts and sports activities, and entertainment including a dog show, donkey rides and Spitalfields farm animals, stalls and a tombola, a kids' scooter cavalcade, and childrens’ games.
Secretary of Wall Street Common User Group Caroline Gregory said: “The Common is such a valued green space for local residents and it’s lovely to see the community coming together, talking with their neighbours, enjoying the activities and having fun together.
“I hope that our children, even when they fly the nest, will remember with pride their roots in Hackney!”
Y2K organiser Coach Alex said: “As always, I’d like to give a big thank you to Sanctuary and the Y2K staff, as well as the assistance from Derek Smith and Nicolette Nixon. Their continued work with this tournament has helped it to bring about real positive developments for young people in Hackney.
“Well done to all the U11 and U14 participants; we need to make sure we can encourage and empower these youngsters through this tournament, helping them to develop into outstanding citizens that the borough can be proud of.”
Sanctuary’s Crisp Court development has both shared ownership and properties to purchase with Help to Buy options available. For more information call 0800 916 1444 or visit our Sanctuary Homes website.