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London Youth Games 2013

This weekend was a fantastic experience for Kingston’s 5-a-side teams and everyone who participated did so enthusiastically and with great dedication.  Each player was not only a credit to themselves, but surviving the heat, the sun, the heavy schedule and vastly experienced and talented opposition, they fought hard for the team and the Borough.  A truly Corinthian effort!   Representing their Borough at football at the world-famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is an honour few players can include in their list of personal achievements!

On Saturday, the boys’ team met Hammersmith & Fulham, Bexley and Brent in the preliminary rounds losing narrowly to each and went in to the Group stages facing Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Hounslow and Redbridge, beating the latter 3-2 in a roasting indoor dome.

Congratulations to Lewisham went on to win beating Harrow 4-0 in the final.

The Girls fared slightly better in the Group stages, and were very unlucky to lose against teams they had dominated. Drawing with Newham, narrowly losing to Hillingdon and the City of Westminster they moved to the stifling indoor Dome to complete their games against Hammersmith & Fulham, Enfield and beating Waltham Forest in exciting encounters.

Neither of the Kingston teams looked out-of place in their competitions bearing in mind this was a collection of the best players in London in their age groups.  This is very encouraging for the Kingston players and the experience gained is invaluable.  We can expect big things from all players who took part.

Congratulations to Bromley who went on to win the competition beating Hillingdon 2-1 in the final. (Hillingdon narrowly beat Kingston 3-2 in the group stages!!)

Corinthian-Casuals Coaches Adam and Scott deserve a lot of credit for taking both teams to these finals.  Over the past 10 weeks both coaches volunteered their time and knowledge to train both Kingston teams.  Their vast knowledge and enthusiasm for grassroots football encouraged the players to perform with confidence, sportsmanship but most of all, enjoyment.  Exhausting it may have been, but under their guidance, all players left Crystal Palace feeling they had experienced something special, that their efforts were recognised and each should be proud of their role in the weekend’s event.  
Scott said, “This is why I coach youth football.  To see players develop, work for each other, play as a team, never give up and enjoy their football.  This is the biggest reward for any coach.  There were some very, very good teams here this weekend, full of players signed to professional clubs and others who play at the very highest level in their age group.   Yet our teams were a match for everyone they played against and made these top players work very hard for their results.  I'm so proud of them all.”

Adam Wicks, Corinthian-Casuals Schools Liaison Officer and head coach of the Kingston Corinthians said, “I couldn't be prouder of the players.  Over the past 10 weeks, I have seen the boys and girls all work hard and come together as friends, as team-mates, growing in confidence all the time.  This weekend, both teams showed a real ‘Corinthian Spirit’, something we coach here at Corinthian-Casuals: that the game must be played for enjoyment above all else and never give up!  Up against some of the best players in Greater London, they stood tall and judging by their faces at the end, enjoyed the experience.  I'm looking forward to next year!”

Well done to the Kingston Corinthians of 2013!

Unfortunately, most of the pictures of the boys mysteriously disappeared from the camera!!
 The Deputy Mayor, Alan Dean visits the team