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16 April 2014

Premier trophy at the Aylesbury Estate

"They are really growing the group and helped us invaluably with the special event we had with the Premier League trophy visiting us last week."

Charlotte Benstead, Director of Creation Trust commented: "I would like to thank both Tom Rolt and Dean Burrows from Millwall Community Trust who are superstars for our Thursday night sessions.

Last Wednesday’s visit see an activity packed day of football technical skills, small sided matches and a friendly 6-a-side tournament which included young people from Walworth Academy, Nelson Estate and of course the Aylesbury Estate.

Millwall Community Trust who work in partnership with Southwark Youth Service and Creation Trust, provide free weekly football sessions for young people from the Aylesbury Estate through the Premier League Kicks programme.

Barclays Spaces for Sports draws on the skills, experience and local expertise of a range of organisations to ensure the effective and sustainable delivery of their sites and sport for development programmes.

More than half a million people in the UK have benefited since the programme’s launch, with 53,000 people on average using its sites every week. And outside the UK, more than 40,000 people benefit from Barclays Spaces for Sports programmes each year.

Around the world, Barclays Spaces for Sports programmes now exist in China, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Spain, the UK, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In the UK, 200 community sports sites have been created in partnership with the Football Foundation, supporting more than 40 different sports.

Launched in 2004, Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community-based sports programme, which uses sport as a platform to help young people develop life skills and revitalise disadvantaged communities in a sustainable way.

Young people from the Aylesbury Estate had the opportunity to get their hands on every footballer’s dream last Wednesday by lifting the Barclay’s Premier League trophy during the Easter holidays.

By having the young people, residents, workers, police, trustees, and a local school coming together through this positive example of community cohesion, highlights how football can make a difference.

Tom Rolt from Millwall Community Trust added: "By giving the young people a once in a lifetime opportunity of having their picture taken with the iconic global symbol, the young people can now go and put their dreams into action on the pitch, which is what dreams are made of."

Dean Burrows went on to say: "It was a great day for all those involved and hopefully one of our young ambassadors will be lifting the trophy in the future."

Millwall Community Trust provide free weekly football sessions at the Aylesbury Estate every Thursday from 4 - 6pm for ages 12-18. For more information please contact the Trust on 020 7740 0503 or email enquiries@millwallcommunity.co.uk

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