On Friday 30 May Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham dropped in on the Forum Football Competition finals at Upton Park Stadium. Mr Timms looked on from the dug-out as 54 teams from 9 different districts in Newham battled for the crown as the best 5-a-side team in Newham. He then met with some of the teams taking part and also viewed the Community Shield and the Women’s FA Cup, which were both on display at the event.
The Community Forum Football Competition was the culmination of heats in different areas of Newham, which involved over 2,200 people, with all the successful teams winning a place at the finals on 30 May 2008. The younger groups involved in the finals included: 8-11 year old mixed girls and boys, 12-14 boys, 12-16 year old girls and 15-17 boys. The adult men and women finals, which were for ages 18+ took place later in the evening, with Genesis from Canning Town winning the men’s event and Newham Ladies winning the women’s event. There were a total of 432 participants in the final, with prizes up for grabs, which included trophies, medals, t-shirts and other sports equipment.
The event was attended by family members and friends who were entertained by the popular Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders, who impressed with their routine during the evening. There were also health MOT’s that were available for family and friends to try out as well as refreshments for all.
The football tournament was the sixth in a series of community sports challenges as part of the LIVE LIFE campaign, which was designed to encourage the people of Newham to get active. There are nine community forums in Newham working to make each local area safer, healthier and a more interesting place to live.
Mr Timms said: “I warmly welcome the Community Forum Football Competition. It has been a great way to bring people together in the borough through sport - for all the participants, and for all their family and friends who came to support them. I was pleased to see so many people from all over Newham involved, and hope we will have many more events like this in the future.”