Monday 6th November 2017
In partnership with Barnfield Big Local Partnership, Young Greenwich delivered another pro-active project using football as a tool to engage with young people.
Barnfield Big Local is a community group made up from the residents of the Barnfield estate and key stakeholders.
Barnfield and Glyndon are two neighbouring estates who make up one of the most deprived areas in the country and whose rivalry is not always friendly. Young Greenwich has joined up with Barnfield Big Local Partnership and brought together young people aged 10-16 from these areas for a football project delivered over five weeks and culminating in a tournament between both estates names the Barndon Cup.
The project engaged with over 50 young people leading to the final staged at the Barnfield football court on Thursday 5th October 2017.
Taking on the match head to head, the young people found a common ground and showed their passion for the sport. Devoted to the game, the gripping match ended on 7-7 and went into sudden death penalties with Barnfield taking the title 16-15.
Manager of the Barnfield team, Abdi Mohamoud states:
“Both teams have worked very hard over the weeks. They showed their sportsmanship skills, dedication, cooperation and passion for football. A brilliant way of bringing the community together.”
It’s great to have initiatives supported by organisations such as Barnfield Big Local Partnership to bring a positive outcome in deprived areas of the borough of Greenwich.
Young Greenwich Partnership Manager Matt Horne added
“To see young people from these estates engage in positive activity is fantastic. Huge thanks and credit should go to our partner Barnfield Big Local Partnership who funded the project.”