Greenhouse London FC participants play at iconic Emirates Stadium
On Bank holiday Monday, with the last fixtures of the Premier League season finally done, the Emirates Stadium opened for one last hurrah hosting the London United Vitality Cup – the grand finale of the Evening Standard’s campaign to empower excluded young people through football.
More than 50 young Londoners from six of our campaign partner charities came together for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run out on the hallowed Arsenal turf as they competed in a five-a-side tournament for under-14s. The six charities invited to participate were Greenhouse Sports (Greenhouse London FC), Football Beyond Borders, London Tigers, London Youth, Ambassadors Football and Black & Minority Ethnic Television, Film & Media (BMETVFM). The teams donned their kit in the Emirates changing rooms before a pre-tournament briefing in the dug-out and then ran out on to the pitch for their moment of glory.
Each squad was managed by two coaches trained through the Evening Standard’s London United initiative and took on two teams from Arsenal in the Community schemes. The event was sponsored by Vitality, the health and life insurer, which has backed the Standard’s campaign and provided access to Emirates Stadium through its partnership with Arsenal. The winning team were awarded the inaugural London United Vitality Cup by Arsenal ambassador Robert Pires.
Source: Evening Standard