For so many years, the young footballers of Brent have never had a league to call their own. This year, however, everything changed with the advent of the Wembley Football League run by Zaffar van Kalwala and supported by WNST. Local clubs embraced the league with great enthusiasm, delivering quality competitive sports opportunities for young people in the U10s and U13s age brackets.
With regular fixtures, all held at Ark Elvin Academy on Wembley High Rd, over a period of several months, several hundred young players have been given the chance to pull on their kit after more than a year of the pandemic, get fit again and meet up with other players and teams from across the borough.
The League was also welcomed by #BoyfromBrent England international and star of the Euro2020 tournament, Rahim Sterling. His video message of support was a great bonus for everyone involved.
The recent finals day provided some real excitement, with several of the matches going to penalty shoot-outs to determine the winners. Congratulations go to Queen’s Park Sharks for taking home the trophy in the U10s competition and Youngs FC in the U13s. WNST trustee Khilna Shah and CEO Stewart Goshawk, were on hand to present the medals, trophies and awards.
However, it is important to recognise the spirit and good gamesmanship shown by all the players across the weeks – these young people are a credit to themselves, their teams and the borough.
A huge vote of thanks is also due to all of the coaches, parents/carers and volunteers who have helped to make the league such a success, as well as to Middlesex FA for their assistance in the development of the initiative and for providing match officials; and to QPR in the Community for their support and encouragement.
The finals day was covered in the local press here:
and a video of the day can be found here: