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Community pitches in for family fun day

With plenty going on, football was ‘just one of the reasons’ hundreds turned out for festival

15 June, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Tyler Allen, six, joins the firefighters from Holloway

THERE was football, frolicking, face-painting and plenty of fun in the sun as families flocked to “an action-packed community get-together” on Sunday.

From left: Daniel Rashid, five, Aya Zeddam, six, Anass Zeddam, three, and Amal Zeddam, five

The highlight of the Pro Invitational and Community Festival was watching scores of grassroot football youth teams from across Camden and Islington taking on professional clubs, including Premier League sides Liverpool and Brighton.

Djibril Allie, aged 15 months

But that “was just one of the reasons” why crowds turned up in the hundreds at the artificial pitches in Market Road, Islington.

Isaiah Djoboga celebrates with his Camden Elite teammates

Zahid Hossain, academy director of Pro Touch SA, who organised the event, said: “Football was not the only thing taking place on the day, there was a wide range of fun activities, like face-painting, martial arts and multi sports, and even the chance to meet firefighters from the London Fire Brigade and look around a fire engine.

“The atmosphere was amazing. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.”

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