Having a ball
A FOOTBALL competition brought the ‘diverse communities’ of Hayes together, with the help of local businesses.
Some 96 players from 12 teams battled through the Hayes Town Cup rounds, with team Arselonga taking the trophy, MCFC as runners-up and the Gurkha Boys in third place. The tournament was the idea of David Brough, chairman of the Hayes Town Partnership, who thought the day was a “brilliant success”.
He said: “Hayes is a very diverse community but there’s a need for people from different communities mixing more together. Sport is one of the best ways to bring people together.
“Throughout the whole event, there was a great buzz of excitement all afternoon and people were on edge seeing if their team were going to get through the next round.”
The event, on September 20, was organised by George Bergin from Hayes YMCA, who regularly involves young people in games at the Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre. He said: “The Hayes Cup was a tremendous success and enabled YMCA West London to bring together young people from the community to have a fun and competitive day.”
Use of the pitches was provided by the Leisure Centre with medals being funded by the Old Vinyl Factory and a winner’s cup donated by Jai Kali.
n SUCCESS: Teams and volunteers at the Hayes Town Cup. Left, David Brough with team and volunteers