The first anniversary celebrations of the Canary Wharf Football Academy were held at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel.
Players, parents, coaches, sponsors and supporters came together at the glitzy award ceremony to learn more about the academy, its origins and future plans.
Over 100 people were in attendance to listen to co founder Foysol Ali height the club ethos and there were televised messages of support from Bangladesh national coach Jamie as well as a whole host of present and former West Ham United stars in Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere and Bobby Zamora.
A football shirt signed by all the West Ham players was amongst some of the items donated on the day.
All the children received healthy lunch box meals and modelled their football kits from its sponsors and Angela Hunt from the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation handed out medals to the children, parents, and other sponsors involved with the Academy.
The YCF was also proud to receive an award for sponsoring the academy in 2019.
Ayas Ali from CWA commented, “We have worked extremely hard to bring our community together and now have an academy we can be proud of our and our plans for the future are very exciting indeed.”
His colleague Aftar Ali added, “We are dedicated and we focus on our partnership with the players and parents. Thanks to everyone for the support – It means a lot to us.”