Teams from local football clubs Old Parmiterians FC and Egbertian FC took part in a five-a-side tournament at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre to celebrate the 125th anniversary of London Playing Fields Foundation, a charity that manages sports fields across London.
Thirteen teams, including seven from the charity’s two playing fields in Redbridge, took part in the tournament with Westhamians B team beating Old Parmiterians A team 2–0 in the final.
Local youth teams were also included in the anniversary event including LOASS Football Club, established in 1997, through the player development schools at the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme.
Based in Waltham Forest, LOASS is primarily a youth club providing football teams for boys and girls from 5 to 18 years of age and also includes a successful disability football programme, two senior male teams and a veterans team. LOASS is a FA Charter Standard Community Club, one of only 8 clubs in London to hold this award and was voted the London FA Charter Standard Club of the year in 2009 and 2013.
It is fitting that London Playing Fields Foundation (LPFF) held these anniversary tournaments in Waltham Forest as it has been supporting grassroots sport in the borough since 1890 and currently owns two large playing fields: the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre on Coppermill Lane and the Peter May Sports Centre in Wadham Avenue. Between them, these two grounds receive over 81,000 visits per year from clubs, schools and universities.
LPFF Chief Executive Alex Welsh said: “The London Playing Fields Foundation is proud of its history of supporting grassroots sport in the borough and we were delighted that so many local clubs were able to join us for these celebratory events. The main lesson that the last 125 years has taught us is that once lost, a playing field is lost forever and that is why it is so important that the local community makes full use of them.”
By Jo McKenzie
Website: www.lpff.org.uk/Twitter: @TheLPFF