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Labour councillor joins young people for London sport challenge


14 April 2015
Sunny Lambe Labour councillor Sunny Lambe joined over 200 young people from across London at the Lions Centre this week for the ‘Pan London Challenge’.

The event, in partnership with Asda Foundation, sport for development charity Active Communities Network and the Millwall FC Community Trust, saw over 200 young people from Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Brent, Enfield, Sutton and further afield coming together to participate in football, fitness training and female empowerment sessions at Millwall FC.

The event focussed on the four London boroughs which hosted Asda Foundation Community Champions Tournaments over the past year for one final tournament which included boys U16 and U18 football tournaments, female empowerment workshops and fitness challenges for both boys and girls. The ASDA Foundation – the charitable arm of the retailer Asda - and sport for development charity Active Communities Network, entered a three-year programme partnership in London in July 2013. The programme aims to support young people from the most disadvantaged areas of London to improve their skills for employment and other outcomes relating to their attitudes, confidence, self-esteem and education.
 
South Bermondsey ward councillor Sunny Lambe said:

“I am very passionate about youth development and anything that engages young people and makes them become active members of a diverse community is something I cherish and always want to support.

“To see Millwall and Asda facilitating and supporting young people from very challenging backgrounds is a positive initiative - I hope other organisations also take a keen interest.”

“Sport is a very good icebreaker. When I first came to the country about 29 years ago, I came to Peckham – a very diverse area. I played football which was the first instrument I used to engage and make friends. Sport is very important – it allows people from different backgrounds, with not much in common, to come together and learn very valuable skills.”


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