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League where the players have a ball!

Girls and boys urged to join 5-a-side football competition that gives more youngsters a chance to play

26 July, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Champions Fairfield Play Centre, who won the Talacre Play Centre Primary Schools League for the second year in a row

ONE of the friendliest five-a-side leagues in north London has sent out an open invitation to football teams from across Camden and Islington: “Come and join the action!”

The curtain came down on another fun-filled season in the Talacre Play Centre Primary Schools League in June, and organisers have already switched their sights to making the next campaign, which is due to kick off in October, even bigger and better.

Explaining the gameplan behind the league, which has been running for more than 30 years, organiser Lloyd Heath said: “Our league is all about fun and fair play, and giving boys and girls from across Camden and Islington the chance to enjoy the beautiful game in a safe and friendly environment.

Cup kings Three Acres, who beat The Winch 4-0 in the final

“This season was a lot of fun, and the standard on show was exceptional. Now we’re looking ahead to our next campaign, and we would love to hear from play centres and after-school clubs interested in joining the action. We’re a mixed league, so it would be great to see more girls signing up to join in too.”

The action on the pitch was as hot as the weather off it, with Fairfield Play Centre, in Mary Terrace, Camden Town, retaining the league title for the second season in a row.

The Winch, who were presented with the league’s Fair Play Award

There were also cheers for the boys from Three Acres Play Centre in Belsize Park after they beat The Winch 4-0 to capture the Talacre Play Centre Primary Schools League Cup, thanks to two goals from Harry Wise, and strikes from Danny Wise and Teddy Morahan.

Paulette King, who helps to run the five-a-side competition at the Talacre Play Centre in Wilkin Street, Kentish Town, said the number one goal for organisers was supporting all the youngsters who take part.

There were special awards for Almeira Larrington, aged 11, Hailie Dowsett, also 11, Mia McMahon, 8, and Isabelle Peet-Woodhall, 9

“I call this the friendly league because it’s about development, and that is how we try and promote it,” she added.

“It’s not about us making money and it’s not about being the best, most amazing player. It’s about the taking part, and we try to filter that fact down to all the coaches that come along.

Lloyd Heath and Paulette King, organisers of the Talacre Play Centre Primary Schools League

“We’re all about the fun, fair play and development, and giving boys and girls the chance to enjoy the game together in a friendly environment.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy football.”

To find out about joining, or arranging a friendly against some of the local teams, call 020 7267 9755 for details.

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