Monday 10th September 2012
The Trust works with many young people across Royal Greenwich and competitive matches are always a popular progression from the weekly estates based football sessions, which are run in partnership with The Axis Foundation.
The football session at Barnfield Estate has been running for a number of years and solid relationships have been built up between Trust coaches and participants from the estate.
The session at West Thamesmead Youth Centre, based at Heronsgate Primary School, has been recently introduced as part of the new Greenwich Youth Provision, which the Trust has been commissioned to deliver.
It was game on when the two sides met to play at Charlton Athletics’ training ground in New Eltham.
Barnfield Estate was the eventual 4-2 winners, but it was a spirited performance by the Thamesmead team, which was made up of younger players.
Cavan Arnold who played for West Thamesmead, said, ‘This was my first time playing for West Thames mead against another estate and I enjoyed every minute of it. To play at Charlton’s training ground just made it a bit special as I am a massive Charlton fan’.
Plans are being made to continue these games and to set up a league after Christmas, so teams from various estates across Royal Greenwich will have the chance to play competitive football.
Trust coach Anthony McCluskey added, ‘It is fantastic to see the two sets of young people coming together and enjoying what they love best and respecting each other in the way that they did. It is also a great opportunity for some of the young people that are Charlton fans to experience the sites and facilities at the training ground’.
Youth Partnership Manager Matt Horne commented, ‘The players love playing in these games which is brilliant; however there are other deeper benefits from these projects. Young people from different and sometimes rival communities and areas can mix together in a positive way’.