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Youngsters battle it out for Invitational title

Monday 8th October 2012

The Trust once again saw a fantastic turn out for 2012 Greenwich Invitational football tournament, with over 250 young people competing for the bragging rights.

The Invitational attracted 32 squads of 8 across the three host venues, at Woolwich Poly, Charlton Park and Samuel Montagu Youth Club. Teams competed within a mini league at each venue with 8 teams progressing to the knockout stage held at Sparrows Lane.

Squads were made up in a variety of ways with groups of friends from local youth clubs, local housing estates and schools, whilst in some cases individuals came together to form a team on the day.

The Greenwich Invitational lived up to previous years and provided some fantastic individual and team performances throughout the tournament.

In keeping with traditional cup history SPM upset the odds by beating favourites IFC in a nail biting final, winning via the dreaded penalty shootout 3-2 after coming from behind in added time.

Playstation3’s were up for grabs for the most attended players as well as the winning team at each venue and the overall winners. Attendees were also presented with tickets to a Charlton Athletic home game at The Valley.

The Invitational is one of many initiatives the Trust delivers in partnership with Royal Greenwich, using the power of sport to engage with young people.

At the tournament the Trust’s Kick the Habit team, supported by NHS Greenwich, also provided stop smoking support and delivered testing and awareness around Chlamydia.

Daniel Gill, the Trust’s London Social Inclusion Officer, said, ‘The Greenwich Invitational is a fantastic opportunity for youths of all abilities to come together and demonstrate their talents in a fun and relaxed environment.

A Sexual Health Officer from NHS Greenwich, commented, ‘By working with your youth teams during the summer of 2012 we were able to raise awareness of sexual health with a considerable number of young people. Our statistics identified that 48 young people were screened for Chlamydia. It should be noted that even if young people did not screen for Chlamydia we were able to direct them or provide them with Greenwich Sexual Health information’.