Updated: Jul 22, 2022
The LB of Barnet were named winners of the event, Dulwich Hamlet Women also took the prize for the inaugural women's category!
16-17 July saw the 2022 edition of the "32 Borough Cup" where over 800 young people, from across London attended a festival of social impact and grassroots community football to help build positive communities relations. This event which is a joint owned initiative by charity Grassroots for Good and Hackney Wick FC, to champion the good in the game - and highlights how so much innovation is coming from the grassroots community football scene to help tackle complex issues in the local area, and wider afield.
Day 1 - at Hackney Wick's futuristic and cool 'Here East' complex, where the Jobs Fair took place. Using the Loughborough University London Campus, big and small organisations delivering positive talks to attendees on the opportunity their sectors have. These sectors and careers ranged from construction, digital marketing, media, computer sales, jewellery and game applications with big names like Barclays, Selfridges, Netflix and Computacenter providing insight. Opportunities for internship, administration, sales and apprenticeship were all on offer.
Day 2 - The young people returned again for the actual football tournament, at the home of grassroots football at Hackney Marshes, where this year we had the pleasure of welcoming the women team category to the event. Prize money was also on offer to the winning team, runners up with some going to the winners' chosen charity or community group too!
The winners were a team representing the LB of Barnet, which has followed a recent theme of the winning team being from North of the River Thames. (Last years winners Islington, and Enfield previously). The winners of the women's category were Dulwich Hamlet women's who were worthy winners to this prize in a great time for women's football, both at professional and grassroots level.
The event is geared toward building positive attitudes with young people across London, as we look to forge meaningful relationships and combat the surge in youth violence in recent years. So positive activities like this and real and sustainable career opportunities will much towards diverting young people toward mainstream work, education and development. Both on and off the pitch