Search

Tower Hamlets Mayor kicks up cash for East End’s grassroots football clubs

PUBLISHED: 14:35 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 February 2017

John Biggs (left centre forward) and clubs getting his Mayor's Cup awards [photo: Rehan Jamil]

John Biggs (left centre forward) and clubs getting his Mayor's Cup awards [photo: Rehan Jamil]

© Rehan Jamil

Cash has been rolling out onto the pitch for 23 East London grassroots football clubs which have scored with grants from Tower Hamlets council.

The grants are the from proceeds and sponsorship of the annual Mayor’s Cup to encourage sport and healthy lifestyles for the East End’s youngsters.

Each club was handed £750 at a Town Hall awards event last week, almost twice as many grants as last year.

Soccer in an old East End tradition, with its roots in sides set up in the docks and factories that have gone onto to become top professional clubs, like Premier League West Ham and League 1’s Millwall—both have their birthplace in the 19th century Isle of Dogs.

“The dockers and ironworkers formed both Millwall and West Ham clubs more than a century ago,” Tower Hamlets’ cabinet member for Environment Ayas Miah said. “We are looking for that kind of talent in the Mayor’s Cup.”

The 2017 Mayor’s Cup begins on April 1 with eight days of competition matches. Trophies are for nine age groups — under 8s and each year up to 18, plus trophies for adult men and women.

Scouts might be on the lookout for potential top league talent.

Latest East London News Stories

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Yesterday, 10:28

A gold-medal winning Olympian officially open a new all-weather hockey pitch in Mile End park which can be used by all the community.

Thu, 16:31

Hundreds of families fearing for their safety following last summer’s Grenfell tower-block fire tragedy have called on Tower Hamlets Council to improve measures “before there is another disaster”.

Thu, 12:40

Police investigating a unprovoked violent attack which left the victim partially blinded have released the image of a man they would like to speak to.

Thu, 11:54

Workers on the Docklands Light Railway are to hold a 48 hour strike over a “comprehensive breakdown” of industrial relations.

Thu, 09:52

Residents will soon be able to get urgent healthcare advice and prescriptions issued from GPs, paramedics and pharmacists over the phone.

Thu, 08:40

The American president has been given “a clear message” that he isn’t welcome in London’s East End after Tower Hamlets Council last night voted unanimously to declare “a Trump-free zone”.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now