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Tournament Aids Local Community

13 August 2012

Crystal Palace Foundation were proud to support Wednesday’s Heal the Street event, The idea for Healing The Streets came from members of the new London Road Business Association, which was set up following the riots last year. 

Valentine Atsu, Charles Osei, Nick Owusu and Julie Agbowu wanted to organise activities and an event which would help bring people together and create a better, more optimistic environment among the people of West Croydon. Heal the Street brought together 16 teams made up Croydon Volunteer action local businesses, residents, charities, Council and the brilliantly named Park Hill Squids.

David Groves, Chair of Trustees at Crystal Palace Foundation, said “This is a great event for Crystal Palace Foundation to get involved in and just the sort of thing which we hope to be doing more of. We welcome the opportunity to help strengthen the community in West Croydon.”

The tournament itself was organisers by Trevor and supported by Michael, Ryan and Kieran as well as foundation volunteers who refereed on the day. Also there was Jon Rouse, Croydon’s Chief Executive’ playing on the Croydon Team A who narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals A team of neighbourhood wardens finally won out, 4.2 , against a determined team of young people from Croydon Evangelical Ministries but graciously donated their prize of match day tickets to a Palace home game to the runners up.

Special thanks on the day go out to the following Crystal Palace Foundation volunteers who gave up their own time to help make this such wonderful day:

Davontae
George
Jamie
Clint
Samuel
Anthony
Damola
Issac
Tunde
All photographs by Cathy Aitchison
    
Healing The Streets – London Road, a five-a-side football tournament, will take place on Canterbury Road Recreation Ground, near Broad Green Library, tomorrow, August 8, from 2.45pm, with 16 teams from local businesses, residents and public organisations to play.

The idea for Healing The Streets came from members of the new London Road Business Association, which was set up following the riots last year. Valentine Atsu, Charles Osei, Nick Owusu and Julie Agbowu wanted to organise activities and an event which would help bring people together and create a better, more optimistic environment among the people of West Croydon.

“We didn’t want to dwell on the date in a negative way,” said Val Atsu, of Joseph Media. “You can’t ignore the fact that it’s the anniversary of the riots, but we felt that it’s important to do something positive to bring people together. Playing football is a great way of doing that.”
The tournament is supported by Crystal Palace Foundation, who will be officiating the event. 

The referees for the tournament are local volunteers who have recently completed a programme of training with Crystal Palace. David Groves, Chair of Trustees at Crystal Palace Foundation,said “This is a great event for Crystal Palace Foundation to get involved in and just the sort of thing which we hope to be doing more of. We welcome the opportunity to help strengthen the community in West Croydon.”

The event is also being supported by the West Croydon Community Forum and by Croydon Council’s recovery fund. The winners will be invited to a special presentation at a Crystal Palace home game at Selhurst Park during the coming season.

Spectators are welcome at the tournament free of charge – just turn up, or contact Val Atsu,val@josephmedia.com / tel: 020 8253 1264, to find out more. For more information about the London Road Business Association and how to join, contact Ganapathy ganpaa@gmail.com or Julie Agbowu allinclusive@live.co.uk. For more information about the West Croydon Community Forum, contact Bhupendra Solanki at Croydon Voluntary Action bhupendra.solanki@cvalive.org.uk.

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