Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Ali with cup winners Shadwell Youth Organisation
26 grants handed to local sports organisations
This year’s annual Mayor’s Cup tournament came to a successful finale at Mile End Stadium.
Shadwell Youth Organisation beat Aldgate Club East 5-4 in penalties, on September 9, to lift the senior men’s trophy.
Aldgate had stormed into a two goal lead at half time, but Shadwell fought back to equalise to 2-2 at full time and ultimately snatch victory on spot kicks.
The tournament also saw Wapping Youth FC claim three of the 11 titles.
Westward Boys, Victoria Park, Sporting Green Girls, Kekoa, Limehouse Laces Girls and Mindset also claimed winners’ prizes.
Held over two weekends, this year’s Mayor’s Cup attracted 71 teams over nine age categories with over 1,000 players.
The junior heats and finals were played on Saturday September 8, with youngsters including girls for the first time at under 10 and under 12, packing the mini pitches at Mile End.
The prestigious Mayor’s Cup continues to be delivered in partnership with the borough's two local leagues - Inner London Football League (ILFL) and Bangladeshi Football Association UK/Sporting Foundation (BFA) - enabling Tower Hamlets rich football heritage at grassroots to be sustained.
Following last year’s tournament, more than 26 grants were handed to organisations to promote access to and engagement in grassroots football.
John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “The Mayor’s Cup is a great opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together to take part in grassroots football. I was delighted to go and watch the teams competing in the final and to support the Cup which promotes and encourages sport across all ages.”
Cllr Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said:
"It was fantastic to see football clubs and residents of all ages take part in this year’s annual tournament, which helps fund grassroots football and encourages residents to foster healthier, active lifestyles.”
The final results are:
Senior: ACE 2- SHADWELL 2 (Shadwell won on penalties)
U16: PROSTAR 2 - WAPPING YOUTH 2 (Wapping Youth won on penalties)
U14: WAPPING YOUTH 3 - SENRAB PUMAS 1
U13: ABOHANI 1- VICTORIA PARK 3
U12: WAPPING YOUTH 2 - WESTWARD BOYS 0
U12 GIRLS: KEKOA 1 - SPORTING GREEN 3
U11: WESTWARD BOYS 2 – WAPPING YOUTH 1
U10: VICTORIA PARK 3 – WESTWARD BOYS 5
U10 GIRLS: LIMEHOUSE LACES 8 - MINDSET 3
U9: WESTWARD BOYS 1 – KEKOA 4
U8: MINDSET 3 – VALLANCE 0
Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018