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More than 70 young people from across London recently participated in a film and football event, with the finale held at Wembley.

Peabody funding enabled the group to take part in the London Football Journeys (LFJ) programme. The aim was to break down postcode barriers through film-making and football matches, finishing with a football tournament and celebratory awards event at England’s legendary football stadium, Wembley.

Football Journeys group (1)
Tower Hamlets team; Nazad Miah, Jack Martin, Ehsunar Rahman, Nahid Ahmed, Rohan Rahman, Samid Ahmed. Front: Saifur Rahman (Captain)

The exchange of films with other estates enabled the young people to go on ‘football journeys’ where they visited each other in their respective areas, including estates in Wandsworth, Barnet and Tower Hamlets.

These journeys gave the team of boys an opportunity to represent their community in a positive way, breaking down stereotypes and developing their leadership and communication skills.

Football Journeys winner
Liam Sandanayaka with Peabody’s Youth Development Coordinator, Brendan Lambert

Rewarding teamwork

Peabody’s Director of Community Programmes, Veronica Kirwan, said: "This was a great opportunity to recognise the efforts of young people who have taken part in London Football Journey’s programme this year."

Director of LFJ, Alex Baine said: "It's been brilliant to see over 70 young people from eight different communities in London come together, to learn about each other and build friendships.

Working in partnership with Peabody has given LFJ the capacity to work with young people from diverse backgrounds and offer them youth development opportunities in project management and team leadership roles."

Football Journeys group of boys
From left to right: Tyler Payund, Kieran Mayele, Rynelle Usher (co-captain), Michael Boyo, Carlos Cuartas, Nathan Mampono (co-captain) & Joseph Lubeawa

The football doesn't end at Wembley...

Society Links Youth Club member and Captain of Tower Hamlet’s Whitechapel football team, Saifur Rahman said:

"The best thing about the programme was meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

As a team we built strength and unity, both on and off the pitch. To join in, you can turn up at the Society Links Youth Club, 8 – 8pm on a Monday or Tuesday or 2 – 5pm on a Saturday or Sunday."

Wandsworth’s St John’s Hill football team Captain, Carloz Foster said: "We've enjoyed it so much we are going on to play in local competitions. Anyone who loves football is welcome – just come down to the football cage – we’re there most of the time."

Meanwhile, Abbey Orchard’s football team Captain and London Football Journey’s Leadership Award winner, Liam Sandanayaka said: “The highlight of the programme for me was organising the film workshops and football exchanges.

Our team wasn’t the biggest or the most skilled at football but we played well together and we are going to keep on training as a team and hopefully enter a local league."

Contact information for LJF

LJF runs 14-week programmes for young people aged 11-15 from schools and youth centres across London.  Staff from schools and youth centres need to refer young people to the programme.

Call Alex Baine on 07854 673 223 or email for further details.