Active Communities Network and Asda Foundation hold their first Girls Football Tournament with East London Ladies. 

The event was held at the Mile End Leisure Centre and welcomed 80 girls in two age groups (U12 & U16) with teams participating from across London including Arsenal in the Community, East London Little Ladies, Barnet Nightingales, and St Matthews Project in Lambeth.

This was the first all girls tournament that Active Communities Network have been a part of and it was a great success. Due to this we are hoping to replicate the tournament and open it out to more girls teams over the summer months.

Mary Cosgrove, Asda Community Champion at the Isle of Dogs Store said;

I just wanted to say thanks for asking us here at ASDA Isle of Dogs to come along to Mile End Girls Tournament, It was great to see so many girls getting involved in the sport and the tournament. Hope that we will be supporting more all girls’ tournaments in the future, Thanks to the East London Ladies.

Oliur Rahman, Head of Programmes –London for Active Communities Network said;

“It’s been great to see how many girls have gotten involved with this tournament today. It’s our first dedicated girl’s tournament and we look forward to organising more in the future and helping to increase girl’s participation in sport. Huge thanks to East London Ladies for their support today and to the Asda Foundation and Better who helped us to put this event on.”

The following prizes were awarded;


Runners Up – Barnet Nightingales

Winners – Arsenal


Runners Up – Arsenal 2

Winners – Arsenal 1


Thank you to the Asda Foundation for providing the food for the day and also to Better who provided the venue.

ACN Young Volunteer wins London Children of Courage Award from St James’s Place

Active Communities Network were invited to attend the St James’s Place Foundation Inaugural Children of Courage Awards. At the event Michael, 15, a young person and volunteer with Active Communities Network, from South East London was awarded the ‘Sporting Achievement award event which was held at the Intercontinental, Park Lane on the 14th April 2016

Ibrahim Kanu, Project Co-ordinator, Southwark at Active Communities Network said;

"I am really proud of Michael for winning the Sporting Achievement award at the Intercontinental Hotel. I've known Michael since he was 11 years old and he has really grown as person. From a young age I knew Michael would be a young leader in his community and I fully believe that he'll go on to win more awards to mark his achievement. It’s been a pleasure to mentor Michael and I hope he goes down the career path of being a youth worker as I see the potential and would love to see Michael bring the next generation through."

The event showcased the best of London’s young people and was the perfect way to celebrate and acknowledge their contribution.

Active Communities Network work together with the St James’s Place Foundation and Laureus Sport For Good Foundation through the Urban Stars Project which works to engage young people from disadvantaged areas achieve. As well as this project volunteers from SJP take part in regular mentoring sessions with young people in London, Manchester and other areas of the UK. The topic of these sessions is determined on a needs basis and previous sessions have included CV writing skills, mock interviews, presentation techniques and also financial awareness. More of these sessions are scheduled to take place in late summer 2016.