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INITIATIVE: (from left front row, in white) Levien, Wallace and Kayima with participants

ON MAY 13 all roads led to the Crystal Palace national sports Centre in southeast London.
The reason? It was the coming together of some 90 young boys between the ages of 14 and 17 who by all accounts were ready to do battle.

However this wasn’t the postcode battles sometimes unfortunately associated with this age group, but a sporting battle organised by Kick off@3, a powerful initiative organised by Ashley Levien (Suberbos Community) Mike Wallace (MetBpa) and Ivan Kayima (Spiela) with the aim of fostering positive communication and relations between young people and at the same time raise awareness of important key health issues.

The initiative supports the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), an organisation which was set up in 1996 by Orin Lewis and Beverly DeGale. It is an independent charity based in the UK which strives to provide a life line for those suffering from blood related cancers such as leukaemia and other life-threatening disorders.

Lewis gave a stirring speech with a call to arms at the end for the youngsters of 16 and over to consider signing up to the register. There was also an appeal for Delroy Anglin who is currently suffering from leukaemia and is looking for a suitable donor. Anglin also spoke at the event which was quite moving.


ON THE BALL: Action from the tournament

FINAL

This event was number two of a five event series with the winner going through to the final which is to be held on July 8 in London, (venue tba) consisting of two pitches, it is a 7-a-side knockout format officiated by two FA registered referees.

All games lasted 7 minutes with each team playing each other, 3 points for a win, a point for a draw. The teams with the most points and the second most points proceed to battle it out to be crowned the day’s champions.

The afternoon’s action was exciting and closely contested by teams such as Lewisham College, Lewisham Cadets, Nana Academy, EWW Tigers, Purdy Boys, Z Fighters, Benfica Utd, TNG All Stars and SE20 FC.

The eventual winners were Lewisham College who beat Lewisham Cadets in the final 1-0. The day’s prizes were given out by the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kathy Bance, MBE and Walsall FC striker, Simeon Jackson.

Behind the scenes the organisers and supporters on the day were the MetBpa executive team including Janet Hills, president of the National MetBpa. Other organisers and supporters were Bromley Borough and the Penge safer neighbourhood police team, work- ing in partnership with the Lewisham and Southwark police teams.

WINNERS:

Lewisham College:
Ryan Ramsay
Myles Dominic
Nyore Idogho
(top assists 8)
Kalim Collins
Darnell Morris
Nicholas Nelson
Femi Bademosi

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