The annual City of London community football tournament kicked off this Sunday 8th June, with 27 teams battling to win the City of London Police Football Tournament title this year. The tournament was again funded by the City of London Police and included a junior competition in the morning with parents, residents and companies entering into the afternoon´s 14+ tournament.
We had a phenomenal 217 participants attend the event including children and adults from City of London housing estates inside and out of the square mile, City of London schools and workers, as well as teams from other London boroughs.
Four Police Officers and PCSO´s came down and volunteered their own time in the morning to team manage and support the junior teams, while getting to know our City of London residents even better with over 60 parents and supporters also cheering the teams on. The talent and skills displayed on the pitch have been developed throughout the year at the Youth Community Sports Project Football sessions held on City of London Estates by our Sports Development coaching staff lead by Tyson Holmes-Lewis and Leon Wright. The morning was broken down into a mini (7-9 years) and junior (10-13 years) groups, due to the excellent number of participants. The JTL Blue team won the mini tournament and with the Junior groups being split into two finals of 10-11 years and 12-13 years, EC1 team won the younger final with SA Allstars managing to secure the older junior title this year with a superb victory in the finals.
The afternoon saw parents, local football clubs and staff battling it out in the over 14´s tournament which had 6 teams entering in an extremely tough competition. Toynbee Hall won a very competitive final over Fusion´s staff team with both teams showing excellent skills.
The sportsmen of the tournament award however had to go to Dad´s FC made up of parents of the junior teams who lost out in the Semi finals on penalties. They battled hard and showed great spirit representing exactly what the tournament is about and giving it a real community feel.
Thanks must also go to our partners who attended on the day from the City of London Police, Toynbee Hall, Family and Young Peoples Information Service, Millwall FC as well as Waitrose for their donation of water and of course the referees and coaches.
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