The CPFC Foundation were invited to take part in the first ever Street Football tournament, alongside a host of Premier League clubs. The event was hosted by the Street Football Association, formerly the Homeless FA and part of the Centrepoint group.
Taking place at the Black Prince Community Trust in Kennington, both men and women’s teams competed in a 4 a side tournament where at least one player had to stay in the opposition’s half at all times. This ensured high scoring and attacking football and the Foundation were lucky enough to have England international, Angel O’Dwyer (fresh from a stint at the SF World Cup in Glasgow) among their players.
The Foundation’s teams were comprised of young people representing a variety of in-house programmes such as ‘Barclays Premier League Works’, the ‘Community Eagles Volunteer Programme’ and ‘Aspire’ employability.
The football on show was of a high standard and complimented by the introduction of ‘fair play’ points, an added incentive for participants to demonstrate respect and sporting integrity on the pitch. Palace’s women’s team narrowly missed out on the reaching the final whilst the men lost in the semi’s to eventual winners, Arsenal who themselves boasted a number of England internationals.
To cap off a wonderful day, Crystal Palace received the Fair Play award, recognising their conduct and contribution throughout the tournament.