A picnic? Don’t forget the cups!

Camden Town Youth FC celebrate successful season that saw them lift two trophies

Thursday, 14th July — By Steve Barnett

Leonis and Leart Galica Freddie Rea-Stok and Riley Hagan

Town players Leonis and Leart Galica, Freddie Rea-Stok and Riley Hagan

THERE was sun, smiles and silverware on Sunday as scores of talented young footballers and their families joined coaches from Camden Town Youth FC on Hampstead Heath for a special end-of-season picnic.

The club pride themselves on not being just about the winning, but there were brilliant displays in Bloomsbury that just had to be celebrated as youngsters scooped not one, but two trophies in the Camden Youth League.

They toppled all-comers at Coram’s Fields, including beating Bloomsbury Gold 4-3 to win the Under-8s Cup, while star striker Riley Hagan scored twice as Camden Town Youth overcame AFC 2-0 to retain the Under-10s Development Cup.

Sunday’s celebration also gave the club the chance to drive home even bigger goals – like the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.

Chairman Oscar Fullone, who formed the club in 2016, said he “greatly appreciated” the support shown by Asian-inspired food chain itsu after the team from their newly opened outlet in Hampstead arrived with healthy picnic boxes for all.

He added: “As a club we take things like the safeguarding of our children, their mental health and holistic well-being very seriously.

Camden Town Youth celebrate their season with a Hampstead Heath picnic

“We want our players to learn about nutrition and the benefits of eating healthy. We’re trying to give them a positive message, and get them into good habits early. We also want them to think about issues like the environment.

“Itsu use sustainable ingredients that are sourced ethically, and have a healthy menu – so to have them come along and support us on Sunday was great, they didn’t have to. The contribution they made was greatly appreciated.

“We also want to thank one of our parents, Darren May, who brought along fantastic fruit kebabs. They were delicious, there wasn’t a scrap left at the end – the picnic was a triumph!”

Cup final hero and Arsenal fan Riley, who lives a stone’s throw away from the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium, is certainly a fan of watching what he eats.

He said: “Eating healthily is very important because if you don’t have a good diet then you can’t train and perform at your best. It could also increase your chances of making it at a professional club because they want players who take their diet seriously.”

Reflecting on his first season with Camden Town Youth, Riley added: “The coaches are very supportive and they push you to do your best and make sure you improve every time you train. There’s also a lot of freedom in training, which allows you to really express yourself on the pitch. I’m really enjoying it.”

Camden Town Youth are always open to new players – for more information call Oscar on 07971 677428.

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