Kids get cash to set up soccer team to keep them off streets

VOLUNTEERS running football programmes to get East End kids off the streets have been given �1,500 by anti-racism campaigners to set up a summer project. They manage the No Boundaries’ scheme for kids ironically from both sides of the boundary’ between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch

VOLUNTEERS running football programmes to get East End kids off the streets have been given �1,500 by anti-racism campaigners to set up a summer project.

They manage the No Boundaries’ scheme for kids ironically from both sides of the boundary’ between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch.

The scheme has become the latest to sign up to the Kick It Out’ campaign aimed at barring racism and violence from the terraces.

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“The youngsters in our community suffer from a real lack of opportunities,” explained Afsar Ali who runs it.

“Getting involved in football gives them confidence so they feel like they’re part of the community.”

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The cash they’ve been given by the campaign is going towards setting up an affiliated team, arranging visits to professional clubs and running weekly sessions in referee and coach education.

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