HOME OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL KICKS-OFF ITS FIRST EVER LEAGUE
Ark Elvin Academy, in Wembley, the home of English football and Wembley Stadium kicked-off the innovative new Wembley Super League on 6th August
200 young people aged 13-15 years old will take part in the competition which will take place during the summer holidays in a bid to help divert local teenagers away from gangs and knife crime.
The scheme, which is funded by Wembley National Stadium Trust and organised by former Local Councillor Zaffar Van Kalwala and Connect Stars, will work in partnership with local clubs and community organisations. The Wembley Super League also aims to give youngsters the chance to showcase their football skills, keep fit and socialise with other young people from different backgrounds.
As part of the free initiative, young people will be able to access facilities during weekday evenings and weekends when most other activity sites are closed. The initiative was oversubscribed with all the spaces booked-up in just two weeks.
The women’s Wembley Super League is planned for International Women’s day on Sunday 8th March 2020.
Former Local Councillor Zaffar Van Kalwala said:
“Summer holidays should be a chance for all Brent children to have fun. The Wembley Super League will help our young people to stay safe and share great experiences together.
We desperately need to invest in our young people, especially with youth facilities closing down and the recent gang crime in our borough.”
Jeremey Stuart 15, (Harlesden Resident & Textbook FC) said:
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Wembley Super League. It will help me with my personal development and stay active and get fit. It’s also great to play with young people from other teams. I hope to use this a platform for bigger opportunities. This is a great competition.”
Stewart Goshawk, CEO of the Wembley National Stadium Trust said:
“We’re really pleased to support the Wembley Super League, a fantastic new football initiative for local young people. This kind of competition is something that has been missing in Brent for some time now, so it’s great to see the plans coming to fruition, with so many partners involved. We know that there is a real demand for a local football competition, for both male and female players, and I’m looking forward to seeing some great matches.
Our funding at WNST is open to any community sports activity in Brent – around 200 local groups have already benefitted – and we wish the Wembley Super League every success!”
A successful summer of football will culminate this coming weekend on 31st August at the Wembley Super League Finals Day.