PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:30 11 March 2019 Sam Gelder Bobby Kasanga on the football pitches at Hackney marshes. Archant The founder of Hackney Wick FC has featured in a new film about the role football plays in keeping youngsters away from gangs and knife crime. Bobby Kasanga founded the club in 2015 after serving time for armed robbery. The idea was to give kids the opportunity to stay out of trouble and a break from any problems at home.Since then he’s won numerous accolades for his work, including a Pride of Britain award and an I Love Hackney Mayor’s Civic Award, and is seen as a central figure in the borough’s community outreach.Hackney Wick, which shares a home ground with Clapton FC, has 170 kids on its books and about 20 teams across different age ranges, with both an academy and an elite set up.Now, along with fellow Hackney anti-gangs worker Gwenton Sloley, Bobby has told his story in Tackling Gangs – a … [Read more...] about Hackney Wick FC founder Bobby Kasanga in film about football’s role in tackling knife crime
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 March 2019 Upminster Pitch and Putt, Hall Lane, Upminster. Picture: Google Maps Google Maps Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Green spaces create lifelong memoriesThomas Clarke, membership development officer, Havering Liberal Democrats, writes: I must have been nine when I first played a golf shot. I went to Upminster’s Hall Lane Miniature Golf Course with my father and a couple of my brothers and hacked my way around the place – my dad trying to give out golfing advice at the same time as making sure we didn’t kill each other or other golfers enjoying the course.From that moment I have been hooked on golf and sport – so much that I have worked for Golf Monthly magazine for the past decade and been able to take my lack of golfing ability all around the world – even being fortunate enough to play Augusta National last year.I was then upset to see the news on Tuesday that the very same golf … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Dagnam Park football pitches, parking spaces, Upminster Pitch and Putt, memories of Collier Row childhood, RA facts, local cinema, borough’s heritage and crime rates in Upminster.
If Tottenham Hotspur were looking for a spark that might just reignite their season then, in more ways than one. it might have come with that 91st minute miracle when Hugo Lloris saved an Arsenal penalty that would surely have decided a derby long on late drama. Not just the save from the old French goalkeeper but Jan Vertonghen’s lunge to keep the penalty-taker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from rolling in the recycled ball seconds later. This was one of those moments when a whole season could be compressed into a few glorious minutes, when Spurs’ spiralling fortunes went from despair to more despair and were eventually rescued. There was a red card for the substitute Lucas Torreira in the closing stages, deserved for a lunge at Danny Rose, and the penalty awarded to Aubameyang was a bad mistake by referee Anthony Taylor, the consequences of which he had Lloris to save him from. Arsenal had been generally solid in their defence of Aaron Ramsey’s early goal and they came … [Read more...] about Late Hugo Lloris penalty save ensures share of north London derby spoils after dramatic Wembley encounter
The mum of a teenager who died in the Hillsborough tragedy told a court how she saw the pitch turn into a “battleground” as the disaster unfolded before her. Dolores Steele, whose 15-year-old son Philip was among the 96 Liverpool fans who died, recalled her efforts to find him after the terrace crush. Jurors in the trial of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell also heard accounts from five other fans who survived the events of April 15, 1989. Mrs Steele travelled to Sheffield on that day with husband Les and sons Philip and Brian, who was 13. All four had tickets for the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest - the teens for the Leppings Lane terrace and parents for the seated area above. Philip and Brian left the family car for the ground first, with Mr and Mrs Steele following around 10 minutes later. Mrs Steele told Preston Crown Court she saw the coin toss before the start of the game but then became distracted by what was happening below. She said: … [Read more...] about Mum of teen Hillsborough victim said pitch looked like a ‘battleground’
Usain Bolt has admitted defeat in his bid to become a professional footballer. Olympic sprint great, Bolt, spent time with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia but despite scoring in a friendly, he did not do enough to win a contract. The Jamaican, who is an avid Manchester United fan, and also trained with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian club Stromsgodset, said his experience in football had been "fun while it lasted". "I don't want to say it wasn't dealt with properly, but I think we went about it, not the way we should and you learn your lesson, you live and you learn," he said. "It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted." Bolt's finest moment on a football pitch came in October when he started for the Mariners in a friendly and scored a brace of goals. The multiple Olympic champion, who won gold medals in Beijing, London and Rio, will now focus on his business … [Read more...] about Usain Bolt ‘retires’ from football