On Wednesday 1st April, 100 young people aged 8 – 12 from seven Lambeth youth organisations took part in the inaugural FeetOnTheBeat football festival at Ferndale Community Sports Centre.

14 teams, across two age groups competed in this 6-a-side format and the young people impressed with their skill, competitiveness, and their resilience and sportsmanship when results didn’t go their way.

FeetOnTheBeat was about community partnership, providing local young people accessible sport opportunities and establishing more positive relationships with the local police. Reflecting on the event after, it was clear we’d been able to provide a platform for this to happen:

  • Local organisations who’d never met before were exchanging details to arrange future fixtures and those who knew each other continued to build on their strong relationships
  • 100 young people from the borough spent four hours playing football and developing friendships in a safe, relaxed environment on excellent facilities
  • 5 local police officers referred the fixtures, bike marking workshops took place and young people and police interacted and enjoyed each others company.

For the final’s, we welcomed Lambeth Borough’s Police Commander – Richard Wood and Lambeth Mayor – Councillor Adedamola Aminu.

Feet OnTheBeat is a partnership approach involving London Youth, The Metropolitan Police Service, Lambeth Council, GLL, The St Matthews Project and Big Kid Foundation.