PL Kicks Brentford Tournament
Squad List: Zak G, Jesse Y, Shaun P, Derrick M, Favour SJ, Amer A, Idris M, Jay C, Jurgen B, Isaac G, Mustafa S, Cristian P, Archie S, Joe A, Guiseppe D
On Thursday 15th February 2018, our Development Squad took part in Brentford FC CST’s U16 Kicks Tournament at Northolt School during the Met Police’s Operation Sceptre week. The event was in aid of reducing knife crime; a growing concern across London, and was supported by the Premier League. The day consisted of a round robin and knockout competition, an inspiring workshop delivered by ex-drug addict and gang member Paul Hannaford and an opportunity to test their skills against freestyler LDN Movements.
The squad consisted of players from across all of our delivery venues in Watford, Harrow and Hillingdon and it was pleasing to see both of our squads progress through their respective groups with convincing wins against strong opposition including Chelsea, Brentford and Colchester. Despite plenty of courage, commitment and teamwork on show, both teams were defeated in the quarter finals to Luton and Barnet in close fought games.
This social inclusion event was played in great spirit. Our participants can be proud of their performance and they all demonstrated a mature and responsible attitude throughout the day; engaging with young people from other clubs in London and displaying high levels of sportsmanship and fair play. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and represented the Watford CSE Trust extremely well.
It was a really good day out competing against other Premier League clubs. Both teams played some great football and we were unlucky to lose in the quarter finals. I hope to get the chance to play in more events like this one in the future. (Archie Sayer, Meriden Community Centre participant)
Paul’s story was truly inspirational! He highlighted the dangers of carrying knives and how taking drugs can not only affect your life but also those closest to you! (Amer Al-Olanzi, Cedars Youth & Community Centre participant)