Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football (L&SPSF) is aware that a small number of schools were prepared to restart playing in January but given that London is now in Tier 4 with rising infection rates the L&SPSF committee expressed serious reservations about the resumption of our football.
Our worry is that our football usually has a significant number of adults accompanying the school teams with the accompanying risk of transmission of the Corona Virus. Although Lambeth agreed to mark out socially distanced spectator pods on the raised bank at Rosendale Playing Fields we are concerned that there will be significant adult contact on the field with spectators entering and leaving the ground with their children with the risk this entails.
We are therefore loathe to facilitate the possibility of spreading covid while infection rates are so high. We would also be committing ourselves to significant financial outlay to use Rosendale Playing Fields under the proposed licence fee system Lambeth Council intend to impose on us. We could in fact use pitches at Dulwich Sports Ground (provided they are not waterlogged which is quite often the case at this time of year) but that doesn’t get around the risk to which we would be putting the players, parents, referees etc. attending games.
Given the above and that it now appears we may be put into another lockdown after Christmas the L&SPSF committee have decided that we will not resume playing in January but will monitor the situation with a view to starting in the Spring when hopefully vaccinations will be taking effect and Covid 19 restrictions are eased alongside much lower transmission rates. In addition the weather should be better, pitches not flooded and not having the use of dressing rooms would not be so onerous.
We will keep all concerned informed but as with all social activities at the moment we are at the mercy of Corona Virus and resultant government action. As always watch this space.
The L&SPSF Committee really hopes that we manage to get some games played in 2021.
Best wishes for a safe Christmas and New Year.
L&SPSF Committee Meeting 11 September 2020 - Minutes
Present: Dan Persaud, Henry Cavendish, Secretary; Mark Parsons, Chair; Dan Rodger, St Mary’s, Treasurer; Arthur Williams, Hon. President; Gary Cornforth, Coordinator.
1. Rosendale Playing Fields – Lambeth management and costs
· Lambeth Council are now taking a much more hands on approach re the playing fields and consequently are offering L&SPSF an annual licence for use of the football pitches at a cost of £5,300. A meeting with Lambeth officers is scheduled for 23 September to discuss this and what arrangements Lambeth will make to ensure the site and facilities comply with all Covid 19 guidelines and restrictions. We expect that pitches at Rosendale will be available to us in the next few weeks.
2. Covid 19
· Player safety, ball handling. The meeting agreed that from this season heading of the ball by all players is banned and that throw ins are replaced by “kick ins”. These measures aim to ensure that no player touches the ball with head or bare hands. These measures will also apply to pre-game warm ups and will also apply to spectators. Players heading the ball deliberately or accidently will be penalised by an uncontested drop ball given to the other team. If the offence occurs in the penalty area the drop ball will take place on the edge of the penalty area in line with the player who headed the ball. If a header prevents a goal a penalty will be given.
· Coaches must follow government and FA guidelines before, during and after games. L&SPSF expects that all coaches and or schools will ensure all training equipment is sanitised and footballs are sanitised during games as necessary. Players must have individual drink bottles suitably marked or otherwise identified.
· Spectators, social distancing. All spectators at Rosendale Playing Fields are to stand on the raised bank and L&SPSF and Lambeth Council will seek to provide marked areas to enable social distancing. Arrangements at other venues will need consideration to allow us to use them.
· Dressing Rooms and Toilets. There will be no access to changing rooms at any venues. Players must come to games wearing kit or be prepared to change outside. Toilets and hand washing facilities will be open as normal.
· Schools. All participating schools must agree to whatever Covid 19 restrictions are in place at all venues used by L&SPSF. This includes players, coaches and all spectators at games. All schools must seek individual parental or carer consent for each player at their school and confirm with L&SPSF that this is in place.
· Schools must provide to L&SPSF the name and telephone number of their designated Covid 19 officer to be notified in case/s of reports to L&SPSF of a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19 attending a game at any venue used by L&SPSF.
· L&SPSF undertakes to update the “Coaches Charter” in line with current government and FA Covid 19 guidance.
3. Format of competition, dates and cost to schools
· Until such time as the number of schools taking part this season is known it is envisaged that fixtures will initially be arranged on an ad hoc friendly basis with a view to competitive games including the Magazine Cup being introduced after Christmas.
· Costs to schools has yet to be decided but will have to take into account the truncated nature of last season and for girls football the relative low number of games played. It was noted that a number of schools did not make any payment last season and Gary will carry out a cost reconciliation to inform prices for this season. It should be borne in mind that our costs will increase significantly following the imposition of an annual licence fee by Lambeth for the use of Rosendale Playing Fields.
4. Zoom AGM
· It was agreed that it is not feasible to hold an AGM online using IT and the decisions of the Committee meeting will be applied until such time as an AGM may be held.
· Dates for notification of interest for schools and first games. Schools wishing to take part in 9v9 and or 7v7 football must inform Gary before the half term break. Football will begin as soon as possible after pitches are marked out and compliance with all aspects of Covid 19 guidance are deemed met by individual schools.
Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football
21 September 2020
The League AGM was held at the usual venue, the Bread and Roses in Clapham Manor St., Clapham SW4 on Wednesday 11 September.
GIRLS FOOTBALL - Streatham Wells/St.Stephen's and Corpus Christi teams with their medals. They shared runners up spot in the 2018/19 Girls Green Division. With coaches Michael McGowan and Michael Brady respectively.
Henry Cavendish secured the Girls Green Division Championship on Saturday 29 June without playing. Streatham Wells/St Stephen's being held to a draw by St Mary's means Henry Cavendish can't be caught and their League title is confirmed. Streatham Wells/St Stephen's and Corpus Christi finish as runners up after agreeing to share the points on Saturday 6 July. L&SPSF agreed to both schools sharing runners up spot as due to a combination of circumstances a League match between them could not be played. In addition it has proved impossible to play the last Corpus Christi match as St Mary's cannot get a team out. As either school could have finished as runners up given the right circumstances and due to player absences they played a non competitive friendly.
Congratulations to Dan and Rhydian Persaud for adding the girls 7v7 championship to their retention of the mixed 7 a side Walcot Cup and their finishing the 9v9 season with a perfect Fair Play average score of 10 to win the school another award for the trophy cabinet.
Also another good season for Michael McGowan and the girls of Streatham Wells/St Stephen's, only narrowly failing to register a third consecutive League title. Well done in addition to Michael Brady and the Corpus Christi girls who after a slow start to the season finished with a flurry of games to share second spot by mutual agreement.
2019 Magazine Cup Final - Rosendale 2 v 1 Goose Green
South London Schools FA and the Magazine Cup
The South London Schools FA (SLSFA) was founded in 1885 making it one of the oldest school football associations in the world. Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football (LSPSF) is proud to be affiliated to such an historic football institution and to run the competition for the Magazine Cup on behalf of SLSFA.
The SLSFA runs representative district school teams from under 11 which is the L&SPSF age group up to under 19s. The bulk of the u11 team is provided by L&SPSF schools.
The Magazine Cup was inaugurated in 1925 by the SLSFA and was so named because the silver cup awarded to the winners was provided by a local sports magazine. The original silver trophy is still awarded to the winning school and is now held by Rosendale Primary of Herne Hill who beat Goose Green Primary of East Dulwich in the 2018/19 final held on Saturday 22 June 2019.
The two teams from the A Division of Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football League played out a highly competitive final at Rosendale Playing Fields in SE21 at the end of their season which started in late September. Rosendale took the lead in a first half of few chances through O’rian Reid. Goose Green equalised midway through the second half thanks to their star striker David Angibeaud Montjen. With extra time looming Rosendale snatched victory with a late goal from Sherae Harris-Martin.
Rosendale then withstood a spirited comeback from Goose Green in the last 7 minutes striving to equalise and force extra time. Rosendale did not concede again and added the Magazine Cup for the first time in 35 years to their 5 League championships from the last 7 seasons. Coach Bobby Reynolds praised Goose Green for their part in a “truly pulsating cup final that could have gone either way…..” He also gave his team “massive congratulations for winning the league and cup and being unbeaten all season and praised Gary Cornforth and the League for another smooth-running season.”
Goose Green emerged as a strong team promoted last season from a lower division in only their third season in the League.
Aaron Paxton the coach of Goose Green said “A fantastic end to a tough season, we gave absolutely everything in the final and couldn’t have done anymore, I couldn’t be any prouder. Congratulations to Rosendale they deserved to win the league and cup, a great team with fantastic individuals. We say goodbye to a lot of players this year and we wish them all the best in the future. Thanks to everyone involved with the League and thank you to all the parents and teachers who have supported us this year.”
Dan Doyle of South London Schools FA presented the players with medals and Rosendale with the cup after the game and praised both teams and their coaches for the skills on display and the tenacity of all the players in competing till the last seconds.
20 primary schools from Lambeth and Southwark competed for 3 trophies. The Walcot Cup, The Newcomen Collett Shield and the St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Plate.
After playing mini league games in the morning all 20 teams went into the knock out competitions in the afternoon.
On a pleasant sunny day at the beautiful Dulwich Sports Ground the main competition for the Walcot Cup was won by Henry Cavendish School of Balham and Streatham. They came through penalty shoot outs in the quarter and semi finals and triumphed in the final after a third penalty shoot out to beat Julian’s of West Norwood and Streatham.
Walcot Cup - Henry Cavendish 1 v 1 Julian’s (aet)
No score at half time. Just into the second half a goal from Max Hewson of Julian’s, followed by a great save from their keeper Charlie Prior, to keep their lead.
Henry Cavendish equalised thanks to Shiloh McLeod which was set up by Zack Brown just before the final whistle.
After extra time with the sore still 1-1 penalties ensued with nothing separating the teams until Kylon Phillip-Cole saved Julian’s fifth penalty to win the Walcot Cup for the second year running after having won in 2018.
Great credit to both school teams for their performances throughout the day with Julian’s also having to navigate a penalty shoot out in an earlier knock out round. Both goalkeepers, Kylon Phillip-Cole for Henry Cavendish and Charlie Prior of Julian’s had great tournaments making saves throughout the day and in the penalty shoot outs.
Brothers and Henry Cavendish team coaches Dan and Rhydian Persad praised their team for their individual skill and teamwork but also their courage in coming through three consecutive penalty shoot outs. They also deserve great praise in having come top of the Fair Play League in the A Division of the regular 9 side League season which has just finished. Fair Play awards are based on scores given by referees after every game out of 10 with Henry Cavendish getting a magnificent season long average score of 10 for the sporting behaviour of their players, coaches and supporters.
Julian’s coach Matt Hayman said his team although very disappointed to lose in the final on penalties gained great satisfaction in getting to the final and beating teams along the way which had narrowly beat them in 9 a side League games earlier in the season.
The Newcomen Collett Shield
Sunnyhill 3 v 3 Elm Wood (aet)
Sunnyhill of Streatham and Elm Wood of West Norwood were very evenly matched throughout the game.
Sunnyhill’s Zico Blake opened the scoring, followed by an equaliser from Elm Wood’s Donte Martin
2 goals again in the second half, the first by Elm Wood’s Samuel Costa with the equaliser from Sunnyhill’s Zico Blake
Into extra time with a goal from Sunnyhill, followed by another from Elm Wood following a quickly taken free kick to equalise at 3-3 and take us into penalties which Sunnyhill won 3-2.
Both school’s deserve praise for battling through to the final of the Shield competition after a tough season in the A Division of the 9 a side schools League.
St Joseph’s 2 v 4 Hitherfield
Hitherfield took the lead but the equaliser soon followed with a header from a corner, by St Joseph’s Ola Meldad. Hitherfield fought back with a further 3 goals from Ernie Summers, with St Joseph’s Freddie scoring their second towards the end of the game.
Another keenly contested final from both schools with St Joseph’s having won the D Division of the regular 9 a side season. Both schools deserve praise for in addition to getting to a 7 a side final they both carried off Fair Play awards for the conduct of their players, coaches and supporters throughout the season. St Joseph’s scoring a wonderful 10 out of 10 over the course of the season and Hitherfield 9.8.
David Dines of St Joseph’s and Abby Whitten and Lionel Best of Hitherfield should be highly commended for the great examples they set for Fair Play and the high standards they expect from their players and parents.
The finalists were presented with the school trophies and individual medals by Councillor Ibrahim Dogus as Mayor of the London Borough of Lambeth for the municipal year 2019/20.
The day long tournament is run on an annual basis by volunteers and would not be possible without the long standing financial support of the Newcomen Collett Foundation and the St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Schools Foundation for which the organisers remain extremely grateful.
Anyone wishing to get involved in organising this great local community event should contact Gary Cornforth the Coordinator of Lambeth and Southwark Primary Schools Football at email@example.com or on 07905 910575.
Congratulations to Steven Fraser and the Loughborough team. They secured the runners up position in the A Division. They finished level on points with Francesca Cabrini but are placed above them by virtue of winning the head to head fixture earlier in the season.
St Joseph's secured the D Division title by virtue of Kings Avenue and Oliver Goldsmith playing out a 1-1 draw on Saturday 18 May. St Joseph's can now no longer be caught at the top of the table by either of these schools so congratulations to David Dines and his players.
Following the top spot in the D Division going to St Joseph's the runners up position was settled on Wednesday 22 May when Oliver Goldsmith beat Macaulay 4-2 to finish the season on 15 points alongside Kings Avenue also on 15 points. As the head to head game between these two schools was a draw they will both receive medals for their players.
Congratualtions to both schools and to coaches Kevin Park for Kings Avenue and Phil Johnson of Oliver Goldsmith with the assistance of Mark Parsons and headteacher Julia Conn who oversaw the final three Oliver Goldsmith games in Phil's absence.
The A Division title went to Rosendale A without them playing when on Saturday 11 May Loughborough beat Francesca Cabrini to move into second place. This win also denied Cabrini any chance to pip Rosendale to the title by winning their final game against Rosendale. The runners up spot will be decided by the Cabrini v Rosendale final A Division match. If Cabrini win or draw they take runners up spot. If they lose Loughborough who have completed their fixtures take second spot. Congratulations Rob Reynolds and his Rosendale side who are also in the final of the Magazine Cup waiting to find out who they will be playing.
The C Division runners up position went to Crawford following their win against Vauxhall Wyvil. Well done to Greg Perkins and his Crawford team who ran Woodmansterne close before finally ending up 1 point behind the Streatham school.
Congratulations to Kenrick Dwyer and Immanuel school. On Saturday 4 May they secured the Championship of the B Division by beating Clapham Manor. They now have 15 points, played 9 won 6, drawn 1, lost 1. Second spot goes to Hill Mead having finished on 11 points level on points with Richard Atkins above whom they are placed by virtue of winning the head to head fixture. Congratulations to the Hill Mead team and coach Victor Odeyemi and Headteacher Richard West.
Rosendale A reached the final of the Magazine Cup beating Loughborough 3-1 on Thursday 25 April at Rosendale Playing Fields.
In the other half of the draw we are awaiting the result of the St John & St Clement v Immanuel quarter final tie which is scheduled for Saturday 18 May. The winner of that match will face Goose Green in the second semi final for the right to meet Rosendale A in the final in June.
Well done Julian's girls team for securing the championship of the Blue Division with one game to play. Camelot girls beating Clapham Manor girls on Saturday 6 April means Julian's cannot be caught at the top of the division having won five out of five games. They will play their remaining match v Clapham Manor after Easter.
Camelot have completed their fixtures and claim runners spot as even if Clapham Manor equal Camelot's nine points the head to head record between the two goes to Camelot.
Congratulations to Matt Hayman the Julian's team coach and the girls. Plaudits also to James Robinson the Camelot Headteacher and Imran Ali the girls team coach for finishing as runners up.
Julian's girls team are also to be the mascots for Crystal Palace Ladies team at their game on 27 April and they received a visit at the school's training session from the Crystal Palace goalkeeper Lauren Allen. See photo below.
Matt Hayman (school coach) and Lauren Allen of CPFC Ladies with the Julian's girls team
The Fair Play tables have been updated up to and including 6 April. They can be seen on the "Fair Play Tables" page.
Congratulation to Chris Awodele and Nathaniel Dorsett and the Woodmansterne 9v9 team for securing the C Division title against Judith Kerr, winning 7-0. They have now finished their league fixtures with a points total of 16, played 9, won 7, drawn 2 and lost 0. Runners up spot in this division is between Crawford on 13 points with one game to play and St Andrew's on 9 with three games to play.
Fenstanton school have entered a girls team for the final part of the girls season. They will play in the Blue Division in place of Heathbrook and they played their first game on 23 March against Camelot.
The annual 7 a side tournament which this year will be our 23rd will take place on Sunday 9 June at the usual venue, Dulwich Sports Ground.
All schools will be invited to particiate but as always we can only accommodate 20 teams which means it's the first 20 schools to apply and pay the entry fee which will be playing. Invitations will be sent out shortly. Watch this space.
Above photo is the Julian's 7 a side team which represented South London Schools FA in the Inner London Schools FA district 7 a side competition on Saturday 12 January. The team finished 3rd beating Lewisham the eventual competition winners in the group stage.
"Fair Play" tables have now been compiled up to and including 19 January and are on the Fair Play Tables page. Marks are awarded after every game out of 10 by the referee and the position in the table is based on average scores over the season.
It is now confirmed that we will be using pitches at Alleyn's School from 19 January up until the Easter break. As last season the pitches we will be using are the ones situated across Townley Road from the school buildings. Dressing room swill be available and schools are asked to ensure they are left in a relatively clean and tidy condition.
From 19 January fixtures will include this venue in addition to our usual grounds of Rosendale Playing Fields and Dulwich Sports Ground.
The link below provides all necessary information needed to locate our new venue.
The preliminary and first 2 rounds of the Magazine Cup were completed in November and the remaining cup matches starting with the quarter finals will take place in the Spring.
Following a proposal put forward in the summer by the coach of one of our schools the idea of a "Coach's Charter" was discussed at the AGM and it was agreed that all coaches and team managers involved with a school team will sign a charter to be drawn up along the lines of that which was circulated at the AGM.
The updated draft has now been circulated to all participating schools to be signed and returned to the League. The final version of the Charter can be seen below.
L&SPSF COACH’S CHARTER – 2018/19
The coaches of all participating school teams agree to the following:
1. The coaches/managers for each team will confirm with each other during the week of each game played that they will be attending and the colours being worn.
2. Coaches will identify and shake hands with each other before the game starts and direct their parents and supporters to the touchline adjacent to the raised bank. Coaches and their teams will position themselves on the opposite touchline by the large trees for the duration of the game. Coaches agree to ensure that their spectators and their players remain behind the touchline respect barriers on their respective sides of the pitch.
3. Coaches may move along the touchline provided they do not move on to the pitch except in the case of injury to a player. If a coach/es persistently encroach on to the pitch the referee and/or L&SPSF official will instruct them to remain behind the touchline respect barrier.
4. Substitutions will be made from the halfway line with players entering and leaving the field of play only the gap in the touchline respect barrier. Substitutes will remain off the pitch until the player they are replacing leaves the pitch at the hallway line.
5. All coaches agree to raise any concerns re the behaviour of opposition coaches, players or spectators they have during games either at the time with a league official if present and or with the referee at half time or after the game. Coaches agree to only approach their opposite number in a polite and respectful manner and not to persist if their approach is not accepted by the opposition coach. Written representations may be made to the league as soon as possible after games.
6. Coaches accept that they, as a representative of their school are responsible for the behaviour of their players and spectators.
7. Coaches agree to respect the referee at all times and encourage all players to accept refereeing decisions without dissent and to ensure that players shake hands at the end of games.
8. All coaches agree that L&SPSF games are played by primary school children for enjoying and learning about football. All else is secondary.
In return and as an addition to the charter Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football undertakes to provide participating primary schools with organised, regular and competitive league and cup football in 9v9 and 7v7 formats of football. L&SPSF will treat all schools equally and listen and look into all reasonable complaints and make decisions in the same spirit of “Fair Play” as set out in the Coach’s Charter.
We have now established two divisions of seven teams each for girls football. See the girls football page for details and fixtures.
The 2017/18 season AGM took place on Wednesday 19 September at the usual venue of the Bread and Roses PH in Clapham.
Minutes of the meeting have been circulated to member schools.
St John's & St Clement's of East Dulwich claimed the historic Magazine Cup beating Vauxhall Wyvil of Vauxhall 3-2 at Rosendale Playing Fields on Saturday 7 July.
In very hot weather on a bone dry pitch the game was intensely competitive throughout with St Johns establishing early dominance to take a 2 goal lead through Shadrach Ertl, getting his 15th goal of the season and then Prince Worgs. Vauxhall Wyvil came back strongly in the latter stages of the game to pull a goal back through Rodrigo Oliveira direct from a corner and after exerting increasing pressure on the St John’s goal Javon Carr scored a late equaliser following confusion between St John’s keeper Noah Reed and his defenders. Just as the large number of spectators thought the final was going into extra time the referee Aeon Channer awarded a penalty to St John’s adjudging that the Vauxhall goalkeeper Rui Felipe Barbosa brought down Shadrach Ertl as he chased a through ball. In stoppage time Moses Sesay calmly scored his 34th goal of the season from the spot to secure the Cup for the East Dulwich school 3-2.
Nathan Lewis the St John’s coach said after the game, “I’m very happy with the team’s performance this year, winning the Magazine Cup, reaching the 7 a side Walcot Cup Final and winning our division this season. I feel the boys showed great maturity beyond their years with solid performances through the season. Also the spirit and desire has been exceptional. Moses Sesay with 34 goals this season has been immense, also captain Rohan Boutall and Noah Reed have been outstanding for us. A special mention to goal scorers, Prince Worgs and Shadrach Ertl, year 3 and 4 respectively. I’ve had an amazing time coaching this team, they’ve never let me down and it’s been a blessing to be part of the Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools League.”
Kevin Taylor, coach of Vauxhall Wyvil commented: “Well done to the squad for a terrific season, winning our division and only losing 2 games all season. Must also mention Ayomide Ayeni and Joshua Hama-Douglas for their consistent attendance throughout the entire season, not missing a single game.”
Fenstanton Primary of Tulse Hill secured runners up spot in the D Division with a 1-0 victory over Oliver Goldsmith on Tuesday 3 July. The Peckham school made Fenstanton work hard for the win and resisted until midway through the second half when Fenstanton scored the goal that won the game.
Congratulations to Ricky Deane and the Fenstanton team. They now face a semi final in the Magazine Cup against St John's & St Clement's of East Dulwich. The winners go on to play Vauxhall Wyvil on Saturday 7 July in the final.
This season has been remarkable for "Fair Play" in that 6 school teams have achieved the fantastic average score from start to end of the 2017/18 season of a maximum of 10. Considering that the fair play scores are awarded by referees after every game that says a lot about those schools.
That means that for every game they played throughout the season our referees, who are impartial with no ties to any school considered that the behaviour of players, coaches and spectators from those schools was exemplary whether winning or losing.
Plaudits go to Hitherfield, (Abby Whitten and Lionel Best), Henry Cavendish, (Dan and Rhydian Persad), Heathbrook, (Carl Gibbs and Grant Cook), Judith Kerr, (Thmas Brandi and Amanda Pitt), Oliver Goldsmith, (Phil Johnson) and St Joseph's, (David Dines).
Not far behind with high 9+ scores were: Clapham Manor, (Marcus Ekeh). St Mary's, (Matt Griffin, Dan Rodger and Alex Elgey, St John & St Clement, (Nathan Lewis) and Camelot, (Luke Naughton and James Robinson).
Hearty congratulations to the above schools and all involved with their football teams who showed that winning or losing, sporting behaviour is possible in all things. Trophies for the schools and FIFA Fair Play certificates for the players are on their way.
Cogratulations to Rosendale A, St John's & St Clement's, Vauxhall Wyvil and Lyndhurst for winning the A, B, C and D Divisions respectively. Well done also to Sunnyhill A for finishing as A Division unners up, Hill Mead as runners up in the B Division and Telferscot getting 2nd spot in the C Division.
Runner up spot in the D Division is between Heathbrook who have completed their fixtures and Fenstanton with one league game to play.
Watch this space.
The 22nd annual 7 a side tournament took place on Sunday 10 June.
The Walcot Cup was won by Henry Cavendish of Balham. They beat St John's & St Clement's of East Dulwich 3-1 in the final.
The Newcomen Collett Shield was won by St Mary's of Clapahm who beat Streatham Wells & St Stephen's of Streatham and Vauxhall respectively 4-0 in their final.
The St Olave's & St Saviour's Plate was secured by Richard Atkins of Clapham Park beating Oliver Goldsmith of Peckham 4-1 in the final.
The Girls League Championships were decided on Saturday 19 May.
The Green Division champions following their 2-1 win over closest rivals Rosendale are for the second season in a row Streatham Wells & St Stephen's. With one game to play they are a point ahead of Rosendale who have completed their fixtures and finish as runners up.
Congratulations once again to Michael McGowan and his players for another succesful season. Plaudits also go to Rob Reynolds for taking over the Rosendale girls team for the final 3 games and giving the eventual champions their closest match in two seasons.
In the Blue Division St Andrew's triumphed in their first season in girls football pipping Immanuel and St Andrew's to top spot after beating them 2-1 in Immanuel's final match of the season. Immanuel finished as runners up.
Well done to Patrick Parr and Tim Redman and the players of St Andrew's in their inaugral girls football season. Congratulations also go to Kenrick Dwyer and the girls of Immanuel with their only defeat of the season coming against the champions.
Despite losing all 9v9 and girls football at Dulwich Sports Ground and all 9v9 matches at Alleyn's following the groundsman's Saturday morning inspection we managed to play 3 games at Rosendale Playing Fields despite atrocious conditions. Snow covered the wet pitches but after clearing the lines play went on. See photo above.
A massive thumbs up to the players, coaches and not least the parents shivering on the touchlines. Well done to Goose Green, St. Bernadette's, Telferscot, Kings Avenue, Judith Kerr and St Joseph's for playing through the snow and mud.
The South London Schools FA (SLSFA) to which Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football is affiliated runs district representative football teams from primary schools level through to the sixth form in secondary schools.
The SLSFA secretary Steve Underwood manages the primary u11 district boys team. His contact details are Steveu44@aol.com or on 07752 356596.
Sammi Burows of Telferscot school, 07825 956625 or firstname.lastname@example.org manages the primary u11 girls district team.
The district teams offer a higher standard of football and for any exceptional players the chance to play for the County, Inner London Schools FA. There are a small number of district games over the course of the season on Saturday mornings and evenings in the Spring. Any players selected for the district will also be able to play for their school team as school fixtures are usually arranged to accommodate district games. If any schools have exceptional players who did not attend the trials they should contact Steve Underwood or Sammi Burrows to inform them of potential district player/s.
If you have any queries please direct them to Steve or Sammi.
The 2016/17 season Magazine Cup final was played on Sunday 2 July at Rosendale Playing Fields between St. Francesca Cabrini of Honor Oak and Rosendale of Herne Hill. Due to various school committments it was decided to play the semi finals on Saturday 1 July and the final on Sunday 2 July. In the semis Cabrini swept aside the B Division champions Allen Edwards 5-1 and Rosendale edged a close contest against Loughborough 2-1.
The final ended 4-1 to Cabrini with the A Division champions proving to be too strong on the day for Rosendale the A Division joint runners up. Goals in the first half from Donnell McNeilly and Filippo Lucinano followed by second half goals from Donnell again and Enrique Aspinall wrapped the game up before O'Rian scored a late consolation for Rosendale from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box.
Cabrini finished the season strongly pipping Sunnyhill and Rosendale to the League title and completing the Cup and League double in style against a Rosendale team hoping to secure the Magazine Cup for the first time after winning the league title 3 years running from 2012/13. Michael Brady's Cabrini side went one better than last season when they shared the Cup with St Johns & St Clements of East Dulwich after a 2-2 aet draw.
Michael was ably supported throughout the season by his assistant coach Luke Humpage and singled out his captain and goal scoring phenomenom Donnell McNeilly who hit the net over 60 times for school and club this season. The Cabrini side were also indebted to a superb season from central defenfer Filipo Lucignano assisted by SIdney Emovan and David Lokangaka in defence and the excellent Midfielder Enrique Aspinall.
Many of the cup final players from both teams now move on to secondary school but both Francesca Cabrini and Rosendale schools will no doubt be competing for honours next season in primary schools football.
First and second places in all three division have now been settled following games on 23 and 24 June.
On Friday 23 June St Francesca Cabrini secured the championship of the A Division with a 2-1 win against Sunnyhill the only team which could have prevented them winning the League. The Streatham school needed to win to pip Cabrini to the title but in a very close game the team from Honor Oak held on for victory and the championship despite a late Sunnyhill goal and some desperate final attempts at an equaliser.
Michael Brady and his assistant Luke Humpage secured the League title for St Francesca Cabrini for the first time since 2010/11. They now go on to a Magazine Cup semi final next week hoping to get into the final for the second year running after sharing the historic Magazine Cup last season with St Johns & St Clements.
Wayne Skillern and his Sunnyhill side in only their second season in the top division very nearly pulled off a stunning double following their winning of the 7 a side Walcot Cup on 11 June. Runners up spot caps a great season for the Streatham school team.
Mention should also go to Rob Reynolds anfd his Rosendale A team which share runners up spot with Sunnyhill as they have an identical won, drawn and lost playing record (the League does not use goal difference). Rob and his teams were league champions for 3 seasons running from 2012/13 and runners up last season.
On Saturday 24 June in the B Division an exciting and tense game ended up 2-1 to Allen Edwards of Stockwell against Immanuel and St Andrews of Streatham. This result enabled the Stockwell side to gain points parity with their Streatham rivals. As we do not use goal difference the head to head result between the teams meant that Allen Edwards finished as champions and Immanuel had to settle for runners up spot despite doing their utmost to get an equaliser which would have been enough to secure 1st place. Congratulations to Mark Kelly and his Allen Edwards team and also to Kenrick Dwyer and the Immanuel players as runners up.
The final runner up spot went to Henry Cavendish of Balham who retained second place in the C Division as Telferscot who could have overtaken them lost their final game 0-2 to Herbert Morrison. Well done to Dan and Rhydian Persad and their team for ending the season on a high. Streatham Wells having secured the C Division title some weeks ago. Congratulations are also in order for Dan and Rhydian and their team and parents as Henry Cavendish took the top "Fair Play" award for the C Division finishing with an average fair play score awarded by referees over the course of the season of 9.75 out of 10.
See below for the other "Fair Play" award winners.
Our "Fair Play" season has ended with six schools winning trophies and certificates for the players. The winners are as follows:
1st Henry Cavendish 9.75 season average out of 10
2nd St Leonard's 9.58 season average out of 10
1st Hitherfield 9.83 season average out of 10
2nd St Joseph's 9.75 season average out of 10
Joint winners - Hill Mead and Clapham Manor 9.7 season average out of of 10
The vast majority of schools all scored 9 or more over the course of the season with only 4 schools not reaching 9. Even these teams averaged 8.8 or more so we experienced a very satisfactory "Fair Play" season overall.
Above - Wayne Skillern and his Sunnyhill team, the Walcot Cup winners.
The 21st annual Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football 7 a side tournament took place on Sunday 11 June at Dulwich Sports Ground. In pleasant sunny conditions on near perfect pitches twenty schools competed from 10am through to the finals in the afternoon. They played for the Walcot Cup which was contested by the top two teams in each morning mini league. The Newcomen Collett Shield was for the teams finishing 3rd and 4th in their groups and the St Olave and St Saviours Plate was played for by the 5th placed schools.
Crawford from Camberwell and Telferscot of Balham reached the final of the Plate competition with Crawford coming out on top thanks to two goals from Sahr Menjor against one goal from Felix Bowen of Telferscot.
The Shield went to Richard Atkins of Clapham Park who overcame Streatham Wells of Streatham Hill 2-0 in the final with two goals from Alamamy Taylor-Kamara.
The Walcot Cup, the premier competition of the day was contested in the final by Sunnyhill of Streatham against Loughborough from Loughborough Junction. This keenly fought culmination of the day's play was settled by a well taken goal from Seth Banth of Sunnyhill which was the only goal of the game.
Players from all twenty participating schools went home with a souvenir t shirt and memories of a great community event enjoyed by players, parents, teachers, coaches and organisers. The players from the schools that reached the six knock out competition finals were presented with cup final medals by the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Marcia Cameron. Councillor Cameron also presented special Lambeth Council enamel lapel badges to the tournament organisers and teachers and coaches as recognition of their efforts on behalf of all the local schools.
The organisers would like to thank the Newcomen Collett Foundation and the St Olave's and St Saviour's Foundation Trust for their generous and longstanding financial support for the tournament without which the event would not take place. Thanks is also expressed to the teachers and coaches of the participating schools and especially to the volunteer organisers for giving up their time to run the event on the day.
See above and below for photographs of the winning teams on the day and check out the Friday edition of the South London Press for coverage of the event including photos of all twenty school teams..
Image: Tyrell Mustafa and the Richard Atkins team with the Newcomen Collett Shield.
Congratulations to Michael McGowan for a double success in winning our inaugural Girls League and now securing the championship of the C Division. Streatham Wells 9 a side team secured the League title with two games to spare. They have one League match left having won 10 and drawn 1so far. The Stretham Wells side are also through to the second round of the Magazine Cup.
Michael's Streatham Wells and St Stephen's combined girls 7 a side team also won the Girls League having a 100% record. Played seven won seven. Convincing winners of our first ever girls only competition.
Streatham Wells returned to the 9 a side League this season after not taking part in 2015/16. Congratulations to Michael and both his teams and players. Mention should also go to Bob Wade the Deputy Head of Streatham Wells and long time supporter of the League and schools football.
12 March 2017
See below for a pic of the Woodmansterne girls and supporters.
The Heal project was started in 1999 by Jeannie Mulenga an HIV Aids sufferer with the help of Dr Helen Ayles of the Tropical Diseases Hospital, London. Jeannie received treatment from Dr Ayles after her husband died from AIDS and she was living with her 3 children on the streets of Lusaka. When her health improved Jeannie started a small business with Dr Ayles help. From this Jeannie and Dr Ayles have developed the project into a school, orphanage, workshops and community centre. 350 children attend the school, women from the local community learn skills such as needlework and cookery and the children study and get the chance to play sports such as netball and football.
Jack Cornforth a former Sudbourne pupil and footballer helped at the project in 2010 and came back saying how welcome he was made and how grateful they all were for any help offered. He took out some football kit and they were so pleased as it is very difficult for them to buy "luxury" items such as sports goods. As you can see from the picture all the children play football with bare feet as football boots are simply unaffordable for them.
The project is a registered charity in the UK and every pound raised in the UK is sent to Zambia - there are no administrative costs. Financial support is much needed to maintain and improve their facilities, pay teachers at the school and to provide basics such as text and exercise books, pencils, games equipment, even beakers and plates.
We will be thinking of fundraising initiatives but in the meantime cheques payable to the HEAL Project can be sent to Gary c/o the league. Lambeth & Southwark Primary Schools Football hopes that all our schools would like to contribute to helping this marvellous project.
Here in the UK we take most things for granted but the children and women being helped by the Heal Project in Lusaka have so little but are cheerful and uncomplaining. If any schools would like to set up links with the project please get in touch with Gary.
On Saturday 22 November 2015 the South London Schools FA u11 team travelled to the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre in Walthamstow and after 20 years of trying they won the Inner London County 7 a side competition.
They were drawn in a league group with Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets and won all three group matches. This qualified them for a semi-final against last year’s winners Lewisham. In this close match they won 1-0 which meant they had to contest the final against Wandsworth. They were the other team that had won all their games.
In the first half of the final Wandsworth scored first. This did not discourage South London with their defence marshalled superbly by Ethan Sutcliffe of Telferscot and with Brian Gazon from St Bernadette controlling midfield. They equalized with a goal from Kai Neil-Gray of Oakfield and won the game and the competition with a great solo goal from substitute Mikael Tesfamichael of St Francesca Cabrini.
South London goal scorers on the day were: Kai Neil-Gray 4, Brian Gazon 3, Jaevon Dyer 1 (Allen Edwards), Mikel Tesfamichael 1.
This National English Schools competition is sponsored by DANONE. The winners of the competition take part in World Cup finals. Lewisham last year’s national winners went to Brazil to represent England. South London now progress to the South East England regional round.
Congratulations to Steve Underwood the Secretary of the Association and manager of the u11 representative side and Shuhal Ahmed the team coach. Well done also to the players of which all bar 2 play in the Lambeth and Southwark Primary Schools League.
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