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Sport Get fit and have fun To find out more about the wide range of healthy and enjoyable events and activities available at the borough’s leisure centres go to your local centre visit... www.gll.org Tell the East End Do you have a sports club you would like to be included in our listings? If so email the details to... eastendlife.news@towerhamlets.gov.uk Sport in brief League needs new teams THE London County Saturday Youth Football League wants clubs to join for the coming season. If you have a team that wants to play Saturday youth and under 21 football, you can enter the league in one of the following sections: mini-friendly five-aside soccer; friendlies for under 7s and 8s seven-a-side; and leagues for players from nine to 21. There is also nine-a-side football and leagues catering for juniors youths, and colts. Check out the website at www.TheFA.com/Full-Time/ LCSYFL or email LCSYFL@bt internet.com Call or text 07538 083888 Let’s colour it AN event called The Color Run - a 5 kilometre race - will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, September 28 and it promises to brighten up the capital. All entrants will be raising money for Save the Children and the event is sponsored by Dulux. The paint company aims to make a positive difference to people’s lives through the Let’s Colour Project by transforming some of the dullest corners of the country by 2020. www.letscolour.co.uk Lions sign Makal LONDON Lions have added 6ft 8in American Makal Stibbins, to their squad for the forthcoming season, as they bid to make a serious challenge for the basketball crown. Stibbins, 28, is a graduate of NCAA College, Millersville. He has experience across the globe, playing in Germany, Luxembourg and Costa Rica where he won the National Championship, and most recently playing in Egypt. Lions’ head coach Vince Macaulay: “I have seen Makal play and I love his smooth style of play. “He finishes everything around the rim, runs the floor well, and he's long and athletic but powerfully strong.” Wapping planning a world class academy Hockey IT seems Wapping Hockey Club will stop at nothing in its bid to become a world class hockey academy. Hot on the heels of signing England internationals Sarah Townsend and Andy Ball as coaches, the club is now developing its goalkeeping strategy . Maddie Hinch, John Hurst and Allan Dick have joined their coaching staff as the club launches a goalkeeper academy to help produce the stars of tomorrow. Wapping HC chairman Stuart Burnside said: “As a major London sports club fortunate enough to have secured access to superb legacy hockey facilities at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, we feel it is our responsibility to help deliver a lasting legacy from the London Olympics. “We have decided to start with goalkeepers. We think it is time goalkeepers got properly looked after, and we are putting into place an academy that will Maddie Hinch competing in the world cup support that regionally and nationally. “We will build this as big as is needed, but we don't just want to train goalkeepers. We want to help coaches and teachers up-skill, so you have the skills to teach in your own environments too. That is the legacy in action. By working together to create new goalkeepers, we will eventually produce some of the best goalkeeping talent in the world.” Wapping’s vice-chair and head of performance Rachel Haseloff added: “Too often, goalkeepers are treated as a resource for attacking drills rather than as players deserving their own bespoke training. This ends now –we are putting a world class academy in place, available to everyone.” Maddie Hinch is the current first choice for England Women and one of the best goalkeepers in the world. She was was Investec Women’s senior performance player of the season last year, Hockey Writers’ Club player of the year, and won her third keeper of the tournament award at the 2013 World League finals. John Hurst, co-manager of England Women and consultant GK coach to the England and GB squads, has over 100 international caps, is a former England captain and has been coaching as part of the England set-up for 25 years. The academy will be open to a range of ages and abilities, and will be equally happy teaching beginners as they are teaching seasoned national leaguers. The first session will be run by John and Maddie on Thursday, August 28, from 8-10pm at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. To register your interest, email wappinghc@gmail.comwith the subject line ‘Goalie’. FC Hamlets launch protest as cup ends in a Swedish storm BY PETER FAULKNER FC HAMLETS took the Gothia Cup by storm in Sweden – and left the country after a storm over refereeing decisions. The team scored an incredible 24 goals in the group stages and didn’t concede one –the first time in 40 years that a side has scored so many. But after this sensational start, FC Hamlets had their match abandoned against Varmbols FC of Sweden with a place in the last 64 of the knockout stage at stake. Some poor refereeing and officiating led to an incident in the eighth minute of the second half which forced the referee to abandon the game at 0-0. Decisions went against FC Hamlets throughout the first half and the east London side The FC Hamlets squad that competed in Sweden’s Gothia Cup picked up two yellow cards –one for allegedly staring at a player. Controversially the referee and committee awarded the game to Varmbols. Many of the decisions seemed biased towards the Swedish team and, later the same day after making a formal complaint, the referee was sacked. Unfortunately for FC Hamlets the committee had already made their decision. “This team is full of talent and I have no doubt they would have done really well in the tournament but for some terrible officiating,” said club spokesman Senie Emmanuel. “We have submitted an eight page complaint. We are very proud of the way our players performed. One of the main organisers said that in his 25 years working at Gothia, he has never seen a better team.” The good news is that the club has already been invited to take part in a tournament in Bangkok next year and several players have been approached by professional scouts. The team started the Gothia tournament with an 11-0 win against Danish side Runar, followed by a 2-0 win over Frederiksvaerk BK of Finland and another 11-0 win against Asarp/Tradet FK of Sweden. This meant they topped their group and were one of the favourites to reach the serious stages... until the refereeing row. ■TOWER Hamlets began their Essex Senior League campaign with a goalless draw against a strong Bowers & Pitsea side at Len Salmon Stadium. The team started brightly and gelled together quickly. The home side then came back into the game creating some good opportunities. In the second half, both defences limited the teams to some half chances, but Hamlets took control of the game in the final 15 minutes. The team continued their pressure late into the game with Quentin Monville’s 30-yard screamer going just wide and Billy Hickford’s 88th minute free kick well saved. 18 - 24 AUGUST 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 35


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