- Over £7000 in grants awarded to grassroots football.
This year’s Mayor’s Cup tournament came to a dramatic finale at Mile End Stadium on Sunday 8 September when Barnardo beat Aldgate Club East (ACE) on penalties to lift the senior men’s trophy.
ACE were 3 - 0 ahead with 22 minutes to go, but Barnardo fought back to level at 3 - 3 and win on penalties. It was heartbreaking for ACE as they lost to Shadwell in last year’s final on penalties after leading 2-0.
John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “The Mayor’s Cup is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together to take part and support grassroots football. This year’s tournament was as exciting as ever. A big well done to everyone who helped to make it a great success.”
Held over two weekends, this year’s Mayor’s Cup attracted 56 teams with over 760 players in a total of 10 categories. More than 1,000 people attended the matches. The junior heats and finals were played on Saturday 7 September, with youngsters packing the mini pitches at Mile End.
The competition also saw Westward Boys become champions at under 11, under 12, under 13 and under 14’s, making them the most successful club in this year’s tournament. Limehouse Laces A and B teams contested the junior girls’ category, beating both Mindset and visitors from Hackney, AFC Stoke Newington. FC Osmani and Kekoa football clubs made history by winning their respective clubs’ first ever titles at the tournament.
Cllr Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said:
"It was thrilling to see football clubs and players of all ages compete in this year’s annual tournament, which helps fund grassroots football and encourages residents to foster healthy, active lifestyles.”
The final results are:
Under 8: Senrab Lions 7- Westward Boys 0
Under 9: Mindset 4 - Kekoa 0
Under 10: Mindset 2 - Kekoa 2. Kekoa won on penalties
Under 11: Westward Boys A 2 – Kekoa 1
Under 12: Westward Boys 2 – Mindset 1
Junior Girls: Limehouse Laces A 4 – Limehouse Laces B 2
Under 13: Wapping Youth 1 – Westward Boys 1. Westward Boys won on penalties
Under 14: Westward Boys 4 – East One Youth 1
Under 16: FC Osmani 2 – Sporting Green 1
Senior Men: Barnardo 3 – Aldgate Club East 3. Barnardo won on penalties.
The prestigious Mayor’s Cup is delivered in partnership with the borough's two local leagues - Inner London Football League and Sporting Foundation - enabling Tower Hamlets rich football heritage at grassroots to be sustained.
Following last year’s tournament, more than £7000 in grants were awarded to 14 grassroots football organisations to promote access to and engagement in grassroots football.
The Mayors Cup was sponsored by: Clarion Futures, Canary Wharf Group, East End Homes, Gateway Housing, GLL-Better, One Housing, Tower Hamlets Community Housing, Tower Hamlets Homes, JB Riney and Veolia.
Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2019