East London teams join Kick It Out to support CFL Community Day
Teams from across east London joined together on Thursday 25 May at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell Construction Stadium to participate in the Community Football League (CFL) Community Day, supported by Kick It Out.
The event saw teams from a wide spectrum of age groups participate on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Dagenham, with six teams contesting three matches over the course of the day.
Kick It Out’s Grassroots Activity Fund provided financial support to the event which welcomed over 500 people from the east London community, giving their backing to local football as well as promoting messages of equality and inclusion.
The first match saw London United take on Soul Youth in the CFL Youth League Final. In a tight affair, which was well supported by the crowd, London came out on top defeating Soul 2-1. It was then the turn of the veterans to play as Canary Wharf Group took on a CFL team. Both teams shared the spoils in a six-goal encounter.
It was then time for the main event as the CFL Final was contested between Abberfeldy and Autotunus. In another engaging encounter, it was Abberfeldy who added the CFL cup to their league success thanks to a late free-kick.
Speaking after the final match, Anam Hoque, CFL Chairman, was thrilled with the response from the local community for the event.
“We had over 500 people in attendance through the event, with different members of our east end community at the event. It even surpassed my expectations and I’m over the moon.
“It was great to see the smiles on so many faces hear today at Dagenham and I want take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to Kick It Out for supporting the event.”
Imrul Gazi, Kick It Out’s Grassroots Advisor, was delighted that the Grassroots Activity Fund could support such a prestigious event.
“I can say that this is just one of the examples of the work Kick It Out and clubs are doing at grassroots level to break down barriers and make our game more diverse.
“It’s important that the good work going on up and down the country gets recognised and we continue to try to make that difference. I looked around me today and saw so many happy faces from different communities; that’s what it’s about.
“I would encourage everyone in London to visit the Kick It Out website and download our Grassroots Activity Fund application form as we want to help where we can.”