In July 2014, Jonathan Silman and myself setup the E20 Football Academy as a grassroots development program for young people in East Village. Full details and objectives below (long post alert).
Our young members have already pledged to NOT play football in the courtyards and any of our members will face a ban on training if they are not supporting the ‘E20FA’ program by playing football outside of the courtyards.
Over the next few months we will be regularly visiting the courtyards representing ‘E20 Football Academy’ to see if any of our young members are playing ball games in the courtyards, they will be offered membership and asked to take balls into Victory Park.
(Further we ask all young members to mentor their brothers, sisters and friends to respect their neighbours, shrubs and environment and also keep noise to a minimum — which is the tricky task!).
Please do let us know if football is a problem in your courtyard and which plot you live. ie. N01, N02, N03 etc.
Thank you for your support!
Sunday 8th March 2015:
E20 Football Academy in proud partnership with
Triathlon Homes, Get Living London and West Ham United FC
Children were being prevented from playing ball games within the courtyards of East Village and the same local kids are not allowed to use their own school playing fields. It was recognised that Chobham Academy had the perfect pitches for training purposes. Our original objectives were to encourage kids out of the East Village courtyards and into a location where they can train without burdening East Village residents with additional noise and damage to grass and shrubs.
The provision is for 100% free professional football coaching sessions for young people in East Village aged between 6 to 16 years old. The program offers all young people of varying backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate whatever their natural ability is. Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for kids to feel relaxed enough to take pleasure in sport amongst their peers, under the supervision of dedicated coaching staff. All participants are expected to shake hands after training and no bad behaviour will be tolerated with a strict ‘one strike warning’ for any violence or bad anti-social conduct.
Our training also underpins the six pillars set out by Chobham Academy to develop it’s positive and enterprising attitude to learning; Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration and Trust. All training schedules are mentored by a network of professional coaches and should be scalable with a view to linking into professional football scouting initiatives.
We also include creative education whereby the members of the E20 Football Academy agree to not play ball games within the confines of the East Village courtyard spaces. All members pledge to educate their family, friends and neighbours that ball games are not permitted and instead they should play in Victory Park or other public playing fields.
The creation of brand new football development program co-ordinated by E20 Org and West Ham United Community Sports Trust coaches. This was seen as a highly prestigious opportunity for young people within East Village and allows East Village to establish community relations with West Ham United and in turn will offer young people in East Village the opportunity to be scouted for West Ham United youth squads.