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Playing for Peace! – The Peace Cup 2016

 

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz presenting the Peace Cup to the winning team, MWH

 

With 10 football teams from many different community sites across Islington and made up of c. 100 young people aged between 14-17 years, the Peace Cup Football Tournament was held again this year (its 5th year!) on Sunday, 25th September 2016, at the Market Road football pitches.

The final was really close during the first half, the teams were level pegging, and then in the 2nd half the Muslim Welfare House (MWH) took off and beat Rosemary Kicks 5-1.  The quality of football was really good.  MySpace FC came third.

The winning team!

This annual tournament is a great opportunity for young people to come and play together, have fun, break down barriers, get to know each other and learn more about peace … all with the inspired support of Absolute Print Ltd, Targeted Youth Support (Islington Council), Islington Faiths Forum and the Access to Sports Project.

The Neighbourhood Police and the Police Cadets came and supported the event too, which was great.

One of the players, Ala-Eddine Bouakaz, said: “The Peace Cup was just amazing. The organisation was excellent and it gathered all the community centres into one.  It was a great experience to play football competitively and at the same time safely.  It felt like I belong there.”

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Executive Member for Community Development and Junction Ward Councillor, noted:

“I was honoured to present medals and the Cup to the winners of this year’s Peace Cup and would like to thank all those whose hard work helped to make this community event happen.  The tournament is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Islington from different communities to be unified in their love of Football.”

The Peace Cup is generously sponsored by local business ‘Absolute Print Ltd’ and supported by Islington Council Targeted Youth Support, the Access to Sports Project and Arsenal in the Community.

The winning team and organisers