The London Youth Football tournament was held at Shoreditch is something the lads and myself where looking forward to as we had been a few months before finishing third place. The boys were adamant on winning and worked very hard in training weeks before the date.
On the day we alongside 12 other teams representing different areas, youth clubs and football teams around London where put in to two different groups of 6. The aim was to come top two in your group to then progress onto the semi-finals if winning then coming to the finals.
The difference in attitude and focus of salmon tigers was the difference, we quickly showed opponents we were here for business after winning both the first and second game 2-0 and 4-0 and then drawing with XLP and winning our remanding games pushing salmon onto the semi-finals.
Leading up to the semi-finals salmon tigers top goal scorer Tafari was on fire with the support of Centre midfielders Liam, Frankie and Patrick all playing a crucial role. Doing just as well goalkeeper Charlie and defenders John, OJ and Tobi where unbreakable only conceding one goal in 6 games. Progressing onto the semi-finals we came up against XLP B team which we just about beat 2-0 meaning we progressed onto the final.
In the final we played XLP A team for the second time we ended up winning 4-1 after it being so tight in the first half ending 2-1 we absolutely outplayed our opponents in the second half showing more faith and hunger. To conclude salmon tigers played exceptional and deserved to lift that trophy, top goal scorer went to Tafari, player of the tournament went to OJ and best sportsman went to Frankie.
COME ON YOU TIGERS WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!
Naod Kaysay, Youth Work Apprentice (20)
|Apprentices are young people who are gaining work experience while working on a Level 3 youth work qualification. They spend thirty-five hours a week for up to nine months at Salmon on a paid salary. This gives them access to higher education, which they previously would not have had, or it leads to the start of a career in youth work. The apprentices are very important to Salmon, as we get to invest a lot of time in them, helping them to grow on a personal, political, social and spiritual level. Also, as they are still young themselves, they are often very good at connecting with the young people we work with and a lot of young people look up to them.|