I recently gave a presentation with my colleague Cllr Blaine Robin about why we wanted to set up an under 8s football team. This is the presentation I gave.
There is a film out called Africa United, in this film three young people travel from Rwanda unbeknown to their mother. They travel the length of Africa through many dangers and adventures to get to the 2010 world cup inSouth Africa. So it is, that in every poverty stricken lives, football is seen to be an inspiration and a vision for great achievements.
I represent on the council a very deprived area of Southend on Sea, Kursaal ward. We have many areas of deprivation and you will realise that there are many young people in Kursaal in the present situation where there is a great struggle for employment for young people, where there is not much hope.
Where there is poverty, football can provide a vision of how things could be better and that is why I am committed to the aims of CASA Juniors, because I see it as helping the young people, whom I represent to have some aim in their lives.
In the film I mentioned, the two boys make it to Cape Townand the young girl on the way decides not to go the full distance, because they come across a mission school, in which she sees the possibility that she could become a doctor.
I am sure you get the point. For deprived kids, football is more than just a game; it is an inspiration for big things for achievement of all kinds, self discipline and self fulfilment.