Seyoum Parks makes first team appearance!

Saturday the 18th of July marked a very proud day for GMFC as Seyoum Parks who has been attending regularly our Positive Lifestyle sessions at Griffin, on both a Monday and Tuesday, made his Cobham FC first team debut in a friendly against Carshalton Athletic FC coming on as a sub and then started in the next friendly against Corinthian Casuals. FC.

This is a great achievement for both Seyoum and for The Guy Mascolo Football Charity as it highlights the pathways available to our young people and what can be achieved with a positive attitude, commitment and determination. Well done Seyoum!!!IMG_1148

GMFC Cobham show great promise in first friendly!

Friday 17th of July GMFC Cobham took on Croydon AFC in our first game at Selhurst Sports Arena.

This was a great day for The Guy Mascolo Football Charity as there has been a lot of hard work into creating the partnership between GMFC and Cobham FC. What was fantastic was that former GMFC coach Ilbert Ankumu was able to Referee the game.

Both sides came with large squads so we split the game in to thirds in order to give players maximum time to showcase their talents.

The first third started very tense, however we managed to get our composure with GMFC and Bedhead coach Tre Bogle commanding the Midfield, Q controlling the back 4 and Ebo, running the line up front creating a strong spine of the side. Against the run of play however the ball broke down and when the ball appeared to be handled our players switched off allowing for a snapshot to crawl into the net. After Croydon’s opener nerves set in and we struggled to get back the composure we showed in the opening exchanges. Despite not having the same possession we managed to put pressure on Croydon with some slick passing moves. Eventually this paid off with the ball finding its way to Tre at the back post who found the net with ease. This took us to the end of the first period.

The Second period started with a mostly changed line up from the first third for both teams. The second third started with a greater tempo and both sides looked to impose themselves on the other. Our defensive shape looked very solid and we managed to keep Croydon’s early possession at bay. Again though, Croydon took the lead after a lapse in concentration defensively allowed the ball to be bobbled into the box and poked in by the Croydon forward. The goal for Croydon kicked us in to gear and we began working the ball into dangerous areas and asking questions of the Croydon back four. Our pressure paid off with the ball being held up well by Ebenezer in the box who was cynically taken down from behind. with the referee awarding us a penalty. The penalty was cooly dispatched by Ebonezer to level the scores.

The final third started with the boys eager to finish in style and we got off to a flyer with David breaking through, from a lovely through ball by Tre, and cooly finished into the bottom corner of the pitch. we continued to push and our fourth of the game came from Ebo, who twisted and turned away from his marker on the edge of the box and then unleashed a venomous shot which found the bottom corner of the net to put us 4-2 up with just under 10 mins to go.

As we entered the final stages of the last third it was clear to see that our legs were getting heavy and the discipline in our shape/positioning started to waiver.

This allowed for gaps and a couple of individual mistakes allowed Croydon to claw back two goals to level it with a matter of minutes to go and a hopeful ball into the box was flapped at and bobbled into the back of our net to give croydon a last minute winner!

Overall it was a fantastic game played in great spirit by both sides and there were many positives  to take from the game which we can build upon for the coming season.

 

Guy Mascolo FC at AIM High

On Saturday 4th July, the Guy Mascolo Football Charity were invited to be part of the A.I.M High event at Caius House.

Also at the event were other local charities hoping to engage young people from our community in some of the fantastic projects available to them.

The event was a great chance to engage young people in activities that are on their doorstep but they may not even know about. The stalls on show covered everything from business and enterprise to football and boxing – and everything in between.

Alongside all of the stalls and displays we were very privileged to have some fantastic local talent performing music, dancing and even beatboxing.

Overall it was a great day and we would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation and running of it. We would also like to say a huge thank you inviting us to take part in the event and showcase what we do here at the charity!

Positive Lifestyles Football Tournament

On 5th August 2015, The inaugural GMFC Positive Lifestyles Football Tournament commences!

 

Positive lifestyles

  • Date: 5th JULY 2015
  • Time: 11am
  • Venue: Griffin Primary School, Stewart’s Road, Battersea, SW8.
  •  5-a-side tournament with both a Cup and Plate competition
  • 2 Age categories: 11 to 14’s and 15 to 19’s
  • Workshops/Activities/ Skills Challenges/ Prizes
  • Open to all Positive Lifestyle Attendees and Bedhead FC players

 

The format for the tournament is going to be 5-a-side with every team playing in a group stage and then going into a main competition and a plate competition.

Alongside the football will be other activities for participants and supporters to get involved in, which will add to what promises to be a great day of football and fun.

Come on down with your friends and get involved!

For more details contact

James King
GMFC Project Assistant Manager
james@guymascolofc.com
0207 6274 537

 

Goal Getter Girls represent Wandsworth for The London Youth Games

On Sunday 5th July, some of our Goal Getter Girls took part in and won the London Youth Games, representing Wandsworth Borough.

The 2015 London Youth Games is Europe’s largest youth sports event involving all 33 London boroughs competing against each other in over 30 sports to becomeIMG_0700 Champions of London. This year, the games took place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where 50% of the girls representing Wandsworth Girls Football Team were girls who attend our Goal Getter Girls sessions.

Congratulations to all the girls who took part. A fantastic performance by Wandsworth Girls Football Team who thoroughly deserved their win!

 

We’ve got strong sports like the volleyball and the judo that we traditionally do well in then, just some fantastic surprises- we won the girls football today, the archers yesterday won gold and they’ve really progressed in the last few years so it’s awesome.

Peter Freeman
Wandsworth Sports Development Manager

 

 

New Ambassador – Paul Canoville

The Guy Mascolo Football Charity would like to announce our new Ambassador and the best advocate for Grassroots Football, Paul K Canoville. Paul’s career had progressed from Grassroots football to his debut for Chelsea in 1982, where he became the first Black player to ever play in a Chelsea shirt.  Overcoming challenges and racial issues, he moved on to become the most successful and iconic black player to have donned the Chelsea Shirt. We are privileged that Paul will be working with us and the youth to establish our Community Projects for young people in deprived areas in Wandsworth.