Hav­ing a ball

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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