PUBLISHED: 16:15 17 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:15 17 April 2019 Sam Gelder Youngsters showed off their skills at the event. Picture: Ernest Simons Ernest Simons An internship with Adidas, a coding apprenticeship with Football Manager and scholarships to an American university were just some of the opportunities on offer at Hackney Marshes last week. Scouts were there to spot future stars. Picture: Ernest SimonsThe annual Hackney Marshes Football Symposium and Showcase saw 300 young men and women visit the home of grassroots football to learn about the careers on offer through the sport. From journalism to boot design, young people took part in a series of career workshops and discussions, including one hosted by award-winning broadcaster and head of women's sport at Give Me Sport Benny Bonsu.She spoke about the importance of volunteering, saying: “I volunteered for ten years as a coach at Tottenham. You come to an interview and everyone will have … [Read more...] about Youngsters aim to score career in football at Hackney Marshes showcase
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Opinion Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea PA Archive/PA Images In this week’s column Mike Bacon takes a look at footballers’ wages and gears up for a big golf clash! Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea Photo: PAI shouldn’t be so sensitive.And anyhow, after being a journalist for more than 25 years you would think I ought to know that perhaps a little bit of ‘journalistic licence’ goes into some reporters’ stories.But then again....The news this week from a popular national newspaper that, (and I quote)... ‘David de Gea will leave Manchester United for PSG this summer unless the club match his £350,000-a-week wage demands’, got me all in lather.Lionel Messi, can change a gameI mean, is it just me?Why does a footballer... A footballer for goodness sake... Need £350k a week to survive in 2019? What’s wrong with say £190k?I know, I know, it’s the way it is Michael, market forces and all … [Read more...] about Bacon’s Bites: Supping it up on the football gravy train, and isn’t Brexit like VAR?
Rio Ferdinand's new feature-length comedy-drama drops into cinemas next week promising a "film about football, that's not about football". Intriguing, no? Released nationwide on March 19, the gentle London-based story oozes British nostalgia, taking place across one morning on the famous Hackney Marshes playing fields. The trailer shows the team three weeks away from their big game, telling us "there's all to play for on and off the pitch". The film stars Robert Ristic as Jack, Peyvand Sadeghian as Naima and Leon Sua as Dave. Rio Ferdinand, who is the film's executive producers, crops up as himself. The feature also includes a turn from Nottingham actor Vauxhall Jermaine as Jonno Banks, the manager of Forest Road Athletic FC. If Vauxhall looks familiar, you may recognise him from spots in Shane Meadows' This Is England 90 and Peter Rabbit. He will also soon be featuring in Meadows' new Channel 4 offering The Virtues. Speaking of his role in 90 Minutes, Vauxhall, a former … [Read more...] about Rio Ferdinand’s new football comedy-drama 90 Minutes features Nottingham actor
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
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 February 2019 Awil Mohamoud GLL staff learning life-saving skills at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Picture: Awil Mohamoud Awil Mohamoud A new training programme to teach important life-saving skills to organisations and businesses has launched at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Teach the Beat volunteer Steve Morris. Picture: Awil MohamoudThe Teach the Beat scheme saw staff from leisure company GLL taught to do chest compressions and to use a defibrillator. They are now expected to pass those skills on to others when they return to their workplaces and communities. The London Ambulance Service estimates those 61 learners will teach 6,000 people this year. Chris Hartley-Sharpe, head of first responders, said: “There’s this misconception that people have – that this is something only done by healthcare professionals. It’s something that pretty much everyone can do. Our objective is for everybody in London to know how … [Read more...] about New programme teaches vital life-saving skills