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Kickz boys victorious as London United Community Partnership launches

Posted on 10 June 2010  - 12:00

A team of budding young footballers from our Kickz projects were victorious in the Boys section of a high-profile football tournament last weekend.

Kickz boys victorious as London United Community Partnership launches

A team of budding young footballers from our Kickz projects were victorious in the Boys section of a high-profile football tournament last weekend.

It took place at Chelsea FC's training ground in Cobham, Surrey, and marked the launch of the London United Community Partnership - the capital's legacy programme for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

All 15 professional football clubs from across the capital came together to compete, with Boys and Girls teams made up of Kickz participants battling it out in a 6-a-side tournament.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation run eight different Kickz projects across north-east London, and the Boys defeated their Charlton Athletic counter-parts in a close-fought final.

The Spurs team was made up of 16-19 year-old players who have gone from being participants at Tottenham Hotspur Kickz projects to enrolling at the Foundation's Education and Football Development Centre run in partnership with Southgate College, Enfield.

England 2018 ambassador and former Chelsea and Charlton defender Paul Elliott and the Mayor's Sports Commissioner, Kate Hoey, officially opened the event and talked to media on the day about how London's clubs all run successful and respected community development programmes that together reach more than 50,000 Londoners each week and how these are amongst the best tools for social and community development that we have in London.

Reflecting London's bid submission, the launch of the London United Community Partnership marks the commitment of all 15 London clubs to work together to share and expand their current community initiatives, maximising existing resources and presenting a united approach to community development through football. It demonstrates that the process of bidding for the World Cup has already produced a legacy and marks a change in how community programmes work together across the capital to benefit more and more people.

Throughout the day, football freestylers from Sporting Chances showed off their incredible skills and gave the players, aged between 16 and 19 years old, the chance to take on the experts.