As part of their BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Sport and Leisure, students from Redbridge College had to come up with an event that would be used as part of their course curriculum; Unit 23 -Organising a Sports Tournament. Ultimately, six primary schools attended Redbridge College in February to compete in a new girls’ football league with the hope of progressing to the London Youth Games.
As well as enthusiastically organising the event, students, including Hysen Tahiri, managed to gain the support of Leyton Orient’s Affy Obafemi and Britain’s number one 100m sprinter and Olympian Jeanette Kwakye, to help with the post tournament presentations.
Hysen, who in due course would like to be an osteopath, said: “I’ve known Howard Gould (Leyton Orient Community Liaison Officer) for about six years as he used to be my coach at Hainault Youth Centre when I was 12. He was always good to me and gave lots of good advice and we have kept in touch. Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme used to do a lot of sessions there and all the coaches were decent and always liked to help and follow up on the kids that were interested in sports.
“I knew Howard now worked with the players and so I asked if he could sort something out for me to help with my coursework. Each of the students had a part to do in organizing the event so getting a player here from a pro football club was great for me and the occasion.”
Rhian Davies, sports lecturer and event facilitator, said: “All the girls did extremely well and matches were played fairly throughout. It was a close call but Aldersbrook Primary School came out on top, which now gives them the opportunity to compete at the London Youth Games.”
O’s striker Obafemi also commented: “I enjoyed watching the football. Some of the girls were really good with good technique striking the ball. And it was a privilege to present the awards alongside an Olympian!”
If your primary school is interested in taking part in next years’ competition please contact Rhian Davies on 020 8548 7467.