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HERE do Chelsea players warm up for the Champions League final? On Burlington Danes’ artificial turf, of course. Striker Daniel Sturridge (pictured left, and with head Sally Coates) visited the academy after the Blues’ semi-final win in Barcelona, and just before the FA Cup victory against Liverpool. The 22-year-old forward – a sub in both games – enjoyed a kickabout with students, signed shirts, posed for pictures... and even handed over his CONTINUED ON page 11>>
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UMMERâ€™S coming, and so is our next issue of h&f buzz, with stories about young people in the borough and reports on events since the last issue.
There are also articles gazing into the future, from looking at the directions of fashion to a feature on the first studio school being opened in inner London. This issue is packed with stories ranging from fashion to art to sports. Since the Olympics are heading our way, you can find out how young people in the area have been preparing for them. Speaking of sports, there have been many young athletes showing off their skills. Weâ€™ll find out what they have been up to in the past few months. Read more about them and the build-up to the Olympics in our sports section. Are you interested in fashion? I went to the Future Fashion event at Westfield to speak to young people about the event and to get some clues about the future of the fashion industry. You can read about what young people thought of the event, and which way the fashion business could be heading. Other stories include articles on the opportunities for young people, and how they have taken advantage of them, the art work of young people and where it has taken them, and what young people really think about their area. Do you feel safe or not? Find out in this issue.
By Hanaa Foura Youth Editor March 2012
YOUNG reporters Francesca Scott
...and many thanks to all of the young people who contributed to this edition, including Sophia Dowson-Collins, Beatrice Vangu, Archie Scott and Erin Fleming
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Arts l Enter the dragons’ den for the St George art show Page 40>> l Singer Conor Maynard sings for Hammersmith’s schoolgirls... and opens up in interview Page 8>>
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l Street banners will hang from posts Page 17>> l Ever dreamt of directing a movie? Page 20>> l Bush Theatre’s birthday Page 22>> l Young soldiers on stage are a Lyric Theatre success Page 33>>
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Studio school changes the way pupils learn to face the real world
GO FOR GOLD: Henry Compton pupils gear up for new uniforms
u Mix of vocational skills and academic work gives employers input in making youngsters employable, writes Louise Raisey
s part of the drive to revolutionise education in Fulham, the first studio school in inner London is set to open in September. The new school is part of the development of the existing federation between Fulham Girls’ school and Henry Compton. Fulham Enterprise Studio (FES) will offer students a mix of academic and vocational qualifications, specialised learning options, project-based work and opportunities to undertake work placements as part of an individual learning plan, supported by a team of personal coaches.
Studio schools are at the forefront of innovation in education for 14 to 19-yearolds and are described by the prime minister David Cameron as “a unique way of learning, rooted in the real world”. Over the coming months, the site of the old City Learning Centre in Kingwood Road will be transformed into a state-of-the-art learning centre, purpose-built to reflect the very different environment that the studio school will create. Several local employers are already on board including the BBC, Virgin Media, Age UK,
Fulham Football Club and the Lyric Theatre. Meanwhile, Henry Compton school will change its name to Fulham College Boys’ School (FCBS) from September. In preparation for the opening, students on the school council have been busy helping to design a smart new uniform. Vice principal and head of school Peter Haylock said: “This is an exciting time and the uniform is an important part of the process. “I am really looking forward to the first day of term and a sea of black and gold as our students arrive for their first day.”
GET CONOR: Conor Maynard performs at Godolphin & Latymer. Below, his single and his interview with Sophia
CONOR FACT FILE l Born in Brighton, November 21, 1992 l Won MTV’s Brand New for 2012 award l Posted cover version of ‘Breathe’ on YouTube in 2008 l Signed to EMI’s Parlophone Records
l Debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ peaked at Number Two in charts
u When singer Conor Maynard visited Hammersmith to perform to a hall full of starstruck teenage girls, we arranged for h&f buzz reporter Sophia Dowson-Collins to get the dream oneon-one interview
here are some comparisons between you and Justin Bieber, what do you think about those? “It’s flattering of course, he’s such a huge artist right now, but comparisons happen early on in your career. Everyone’s trying to work out what you’re trying to be, but ultimately someday I want people to be compared to me, you know? The comparisons, I think, go as far as we’re
both young and both started on YouTube, but the music cuts through them.” Does it feel different writing your own songs after covering a lot of songs? “Well, I had so much success with the covers it put extra pressure on making my songs even better! Get your own sound and don’t be afraid to switch it up as it gains you respect as an artist.” Was it anything in particular that made you want to cover certain artists? “I used to only cover songs I really wanted to sing, but then I started being asked to cover particular songs. I covered an Usher song, OMG!, that got 100,000 views [on YouTube], and I was like ‘Yes! I’ve made it, I’m famous!’ Then I covered Beautiful Monster and that hit 1,000,000.”
Would you say your sound was influenced or inspired by anyone like that? “I’ve been lucky enough to meet most of the people who’ve inspired me. I went to the US and I worked on my new album with Pharrell Williams, who actually called up to try and sign me when he didn’t know I was already signed! I met Tyler the Creator, Ludicrous, Lil Wayne… Then before I went back, Ne-yo said he wanted to work with me, so I had to stay on an extra week.”
When I was younger I wanted to be an actor
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Was the distinctness of your voice something that made you believe you could make it as a singer? “When I was younger I wanted to be an actor! I went to a drama school in Brighton for a while. Singing was only a little part of it, but I always loved recording, and the success on the covers made me want a career in music. I’d always ask to see the music tech room on college induction days! My mum was always like ‘Oohh’.... She didn’t think it would happen for me because of how difficult the music industry is.” What advice would you give aspiring singers at Godolphin? “You’ve just got to be an individual. I’ve got a saying for you, ‘It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.’ It’s best to be yourself.’”
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trainers at the end. All of which delighted senior vice-principal Michael Ribton, who lamented that successful young black role models seemed thin on the ground in Shepherds Bush. “Success breeds success, and it’s great for our students to meet and speak to people they see on TV; ordinary people who have risen to the top,” he said. Admitting he sometimes had his heart in his mouth as the tackles flew in on the academy’s artificial pitch, he added that Dan Sturridge had been met by a group of (mainly) Chelsea-supporting students and had been given a grand tour of the school. “He told them that hard work and dedication were just as important in class as on the pitch, and that in football – as in school – it was the players who really worked at it who made it.” After the impromptu match, Dan gave his trainers (complete with their ‘Studge’
inscription) to the school. The young striker’s link with the academy is via his aunt, a headteacher in the Midlands who has served on the same government education committee as Burlington Danes principal Sally Coates. Dan, who was with his parents and was en route to registering for Team GB for the summer Olympics, said he was impressed by the ball skills of his young academy opponents. He is now joining the Chelsea squad in Munich.
IT’S A FULHAM PARADE WITH WIN IN MUNICH! l IF THE Blues lift the Champions League trophy in Munich (and ONLY if they do), there will be a victory parade the next day – Sunday May 20 – along the traditional route from Stamford Bridge to Eel Brook Common. It will begin at 4.30pm and end at 5pm. For route details, visit: www. lbhf.gov.uk/victoryparade
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The Big SHOUT is your chance to sort yourself and your area Niambi Bridge, 15, a Year 10 pupil from Fulham Cross, talks about her work on the Big SHOUT summit
We have been organising the Big SHOUT – the day when all the young people from the borough can get together, talk and participate in some great activities. We have prepared information stalls as well as local performers to come down and entertain the crowd. During this event we are also going to be focusing on the issue of policing and the problem of the stop and search law, as many young people are not happy about this. A lot of young people have a negative view of the police as they feel they are not respected by the police and feel belittled by them as they do not get a fair deal. I am a school council
fantastic opportunity for us to find out first-hand what is important to young people. “We want to improve the way we work with young people. “Our most recent residents’ survey found that although around seven out of 10 young people are satisfied with their council, we do have some room for improvement. “The Big SHOUT is a real chance for us to show our young residents that we value them and their opinions. “We want to improve our council services and offer
rep, but I still don’t think the teachers really listen to us young people. There is no compromise with them, so we feel like we do not get anywhere with this set-up. There should be more polls and questionnaires so that the youth can express themselves and let the adults know what they want and what concerns them. The Borough Youth Forum helps get young people’s points of view across... but it is not enough. I feel like anyone below the age of 16 is labelled with a negative stereotype. The politicians should organise more trips to the House of Commons, for example, so that we can listen to the politicians and tell them our thoughts on how to improve the community. There should be more interesting activities in school holidays which should be at a reasonable price for young people as we are in a recession. This could be done with after-school activities as fewer kids would get involved in crime and gangs if they had more to do.”
undreds of teenagers are being handed the chance to speak out about issues affecting young people. Three hundred 13 to 19year-olds from schools across Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea will attend the first Big SHOUT at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium on June 23. The Big SHOUT is a way of letting 100 young people from each of the three boroughs come together to put their ideas forward and challenge decision-makers from the police, council and health service. Staff from the children’s services team will also be on hand to showcase opportunities available in the area. The summit will focus on three subjects chosen by young people: sexual and mental health; communication between the police and young people; and opportunities for young people. There will be a CV and employment skills surgery, and chances for young people to sign up as a volunteer. It is also the launch of the Summer in the City events guide which highlights every council-led event for young people across west and central London. Borough Youth Forum representative Connie Campbell, 15, says: “I have loved working on the Big SHOUT and the best thing is that all of the preparation and work will pay off on the day and that young people will get the chance to really influence what happens in their area. “You should definitely come and get involved and have your say, find out about what is out there for you and your friends and how you can make your CV stand out. It is guaranteed to be a fun day!” Members of the three boroughs’ youth councils researched what issues mattered most to local young people, and what the teenagers wanted to discuss. Councillor Helen Binmore, H&F Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, says: “This is another
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them real opportunities.” Young people will have the chance to win top prizes by collecting stamps on a special card from the information stands before entering into a prize draw. A DJ will be playing music all day and there will also be entertainment from local dancers, singers and magicians. The Big SHOUT takes place at the home of Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge, Fulham, on June 23, from 1pm to 7pm. If you are aged 13 to 19, you can apply at: www.lbhf.gov.uk/ thebigshout
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I felt other children should also be entitled to a loving home Jenny Reynolds and son Ryan have coped well, and now Kevin, two, and sister Tina, four, are full members of the family. THEY came for a week, while social services helped their natural parents battle addiction, but Jenny’s two young foster children will now stay until they’re 18. “I felt other children should also be entitled to a loving home,” said Jenny, 45, from Shepherds Bush, explaining why she applied. Her first child was an eight-month-old boy who stayed three nights while his mother was having an operation.
Later Kevin and Tina arrived. “She barely spoke a word,” said Jenny. “Now I can’t get her to keep quiet!” Placements can be long or very short, and carers need to be prepared for long gaps in between.
I felt other children should also be entitled to a loving home
Weekly allowances in line with the child’s age are paid and six-weekly visits are made to ensure all is well. Where possible, children are matched to foster carers with similar ethnic backgrounds, culture and language, but you can become a carer whatever your gender, ethnicity or sexuality. What is needed is a safe temporary home for children who may have been exposed to violence, neglect or abuse. The most rewarding thing? “Watching the children develop, knowing you’ve made a huge impact.” Jenny’s own child Ryan, 12, was on side from the start. “I explained to him that sometimes children don’t have families. He catches on quickly, and he’s fine about sharing,” she said.
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REGAL: Young artists Holly Dorman, 14, (centre back) and Ella Downes, seven, show off their winning lamp post banners for the Diamond Jubilee with Glynde Neckles, Grace Nelson (holding Hafad’s entry) and Tania Beaumont
u Diamond Jubilee street banners help underline the creative skills of young artists in Hammersmith, writes Tim Harrison
WO young artists are celebrating after their work was picked to hang from banners in King Street, Hammersmith. The HammersmithLondon jubilee gems banner art competition attracted entries ranging from full-size, 2m-tall collages to a picture of The Queen (inset right) saying: “I love Hammersmith. Come for a cup of tea.” Holly Dorman, 14, from Hurlingham & Chelsea School and Ella Downes, 7, from Larmenier RC Primary will see their work hanging
from lampposts in King and they will be thrilled to Street until June 15. know their creative work has “The breadth of ideas in been recognised.” all entries was outstanding,” Of Holly Dorman’s work, said one of the judges, Diamond Jubilee, judge Jessica Hepburn, Melanie Whitlock of the director of the Lyric Hammersmith Society Theatre. praised the ‘nice London After getting a skyline’, while Simon bulging mailbag Jones, assistant director of entries of communications from Hafad – at H&F Council, Hammersmith congratulated her on & Fulham Action the ‘great use of on Disability – a landmarks’. special additional Artist Luke category was Martineau was created, and so impressed by a collage the standard of images of the primary produced. school entries Hafad’s that he said: John “It’s a pity we SOUND MacNeely can’t have all OFF! said: “Our of the designs, Your thoughts on the Jubilee young people they look Page 29 put so much wonderful all effort into it, together!”
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DO YOU FEEL SAFE IN YOUR HOOD? u What bothers us abou t the areas where we live? Do we feel secure after dark? If we encounter groups of teenagers, do we feel physically threatened? Darnell Christie set out to find some home truths
What makes Young Londoners feel unsafe?
near a police station, but generally even if the police station wasn’t there I’d feel comfortable. I think crime in my area could be reduced if money was spent in a better way that could benefit others, such as spending money on youth clubs and in public places, such as parks.” And Natty Saejew, aged 13, of Fulham, said: “I like living in my area because there are loads of places to go and it’s a very multicultural area. “I do feel safe in my area, but not in the evening because of drunk people hanging around.” Though there are a lot of people who love their area, there are those who don’t really like their area at all. “Sometimes it’s because of the problems that have been mentioned,” said one. “But sometimes it’s because of the simpler issues in the neighbourhood; dog fouling on the streets and roads, litter being thrown on the ground and the environment being dark and dingy.” These problems seem all too common in some areas. Time to talk to people who do feel affected by these issues to see
oung people all over the UK have different opinions on their districts. Some love their area and couldn’t be more pleased about where they live, some completely detest their area and want to move pronto, and some just don’t care or don’t really mind. I’ve been doing some research, going out and about to discover what people feel about their areas. Did you know that 83 per cent of young Londoners feel safe in their area according to a survey on a website? The percentage has improved – as in 2004 only 77 per cent of young Londoners felt safe in their area. Another survey from the same website showed that the main reasons behind young Londoners feeling unsafe, was because 27 per cent were scared of knife crime, 22 per cent were worried about being mugged, while another 22 per cent felt intimidated by other teenagers loitering in large groups. To get a more local perspective on the issue, I set out to discover what young people in Hammersmith & Fulham think about where they live. Reece Healy, aged 12, of Hammersmith, said: “Of course I like living in my area – it’s very nice and pleasant. “I feel very safe in my area because I live
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what they are really bothered by.” A 15-year-old from Shepherds Bush (who wanted to remain anonymous), told me: “I like my area, however there are just too many teenagers hanging around. “I also hate my area when it is dark because crime is quite frequent. But during the day I feel safe.” Though there are some people who don’t feel comfortable in their area, every single one of the young people I interviewed said they liked the district where they lived, and 80 per cent of young people do feel safe. What are your experiences? Do you feel relaxed and secure in your neighbourhood? Let me know what you think by sending me an email at: youth_ involvement @lbhf.gov.uk
Making music is fun when you write the tune, sing the harmony and play the solos l THERE’S an art to creating music, and children who want to learn it are being invited to join a two-day half-term workshop in Brook Green. Song Academy – the local children’s song-writing club (pictured above) – is holding the workshop at Holy Trinity church on Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, from 2-5pm each day. It is aimed at seven to 14-year-olds. On the first afternoon, children will work on songs, lyrics and tunes, and play games
with words and music. On the second, children can bring their own instruments and create solos as well as singing solo parts and writing harmonies. The two-day event costs £75. Meanwhile judging is underway for the Song Academy’s music-writing competition which closed at the end of April, with hotly tipped pop singer Rumer one of the selectors. “We’ve received some very impressive entries,” reports competition organiser Rowena Atkins. TH
A glittering chance to become a film director u Have you got a movie in you? Why not see if it leads you to Hollywood? Tim Harrison reports
IGHTS, camera, action! A film competition gives Hammersmith & Fulham youngsters a chance to create for the screen. The Childnet film competition, now in its third year, is aimed at youngsters aged seven to 16. The challenge is to produce a short film which underlines positive use of the internet. There are separate categories for primary and secondary pupils, with teachers – or youth club leaders – needing to register
ON A ROLL: Young people work with film crew on the White City estate
interest by emailing: film@ childnet.com They will then be sent details of how to enter films, with the deadline of June 15.
Shortlisted finalists, who will be notified by June 22, will attend a private screening at the British Film Institute in early July.
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A NEW LEAF: The Bush Theatre turns 40 with a big party in its great big new home at the old Shepherds Bush Library. Inset, below, new director Madani Younis
u The Bush Theatre is partying to mark its 40th anniversary after successfully moving to bookish new premises in Uxbridge Road, as Francesca Scott discovers. Now it wants to show off its space to the world
nE man came in simply to return his library book. He left with a couple of tickets to a play that evening! It is just one of the anecdotes that Natalie Bristow, events manager of the Bush Theatre, recounts when I spoke to her about the theatre’s 40th birthday. This is the surprising story of an old library which was recently renovated and turned into a theatre, after the roof of the Bush’s former home around the corner sprung one leak too many. Yes, there was a lot of help from locals, who painted and cleaned, and then cleaned some more to get the theatre off the ground. And it did use up a huge amount of fundraising energy over many years for the Bush Theatre charity to collect £700,000 for the move. The theatre used to be situated above O’Neills pub in Shepherds Bush Green, but now it has moved into the beautiful old building of the library, complete with a new café. Open from 8am until 11pm, the café is a great place for anyone who wants to get a drink or a bite to eat before or after plays… but it is also open to anyone, whether they are watching a play or just sitting and reading the old scripts in the Bush’s library. The shelves, which hold old play scripts donated by supporters and publishers, sit on the library’s old
floorboards, giving the room an antique and intriguing feel. It is a fantastic place to work, and read in peace and quiet. And then there is the new artistic director, Madani Younis, who will direct forthcoming plays such as The Beloved by Amir Nizar Zuabi and Fear by Dominic Savage. Madani sounds very ambitious when he says: “I
We want to introduce everyone to the theatre!
hope the diversity of my first season will give audiences a flavour of what is to come.” To celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, the staff and supporters threw a party and hosted a quiz. It was based on the newly published book Close-Up Magic: 40 Years at the Bush by Neil Burkey – with the winner receiving a signed copy. Everyone at the Bush is hoping for a good 40th year. The Bush Theatre has a truly amazing background and is a great place for anyone thinking of getting involved in theatre to start their career. Alan Rickman, who played the character Snape in the Harry Potter series, began his acting career at the Bush. Thanks to its loyal supporters, and a bit of help from the council with the old library building, it has a lot more to give in the future. “We want to introduce everyone to the theatre!” Natalie added.
The future of shopping is digital! W u Take a front seat alongside the 3D virtual catwalk to see whether that pastel top is going to match that tribal print skirt. Hanaa Foura has a look at the way we’ll shop in years to come
ith summer just round the corner, it’s time to ditch the winter clothes and get ready for this season’s fashion trends. To help, the fashionistas at Westfield are touting a new way to shop – called Future Fashion. Instead of going to each shop and looking for matching items, you can use an interactive digital board to create the outfit that suits
you best, then see how much each item is, and where it can be found in Westfield. It changes the shopping experience. At the recent glimpse into Future Fashion at Westfield, you could get your hair and make-up done, try the interactive board, and see the latest fashion trends
touch screen: Is this the future of shopping? Westfield experiments with virtual mix-andmatch outfits
on a 3D catwalk – all for free. It was amazing. Anyone could get the star treatment. You could also have a massage and get some facial therapy tips... or even a manicure, which I indulged in. I tell you what, if
with your new outfit, you can enter your email, click save, then have the image sent to you, with details of shops and prices. It saves the hassle of returning something because you have nothing to go with it! It’s an amazing idea. You get to see what goes with what before you pay. Roll on the future... although I think I might miss traditional shopping if this is the only way forward.
this is the future, bring it on! The show highlighted new spring/summer trends such as lace, pastels, tribal and floral prints, as well as colour blocking, to get an idea of what you can incorporate in your style this season. Most people I spoke to at Westfield really liked the make-up and hair counters. Tasmin Graham, 17, had her make-up done and said she loved it because it made her look more tanned. Some liked the pastel looks, but Gata Arora, 13, and Amelia Jabry, 14, said they didn’t like to follow trends and had their own unique styles... which was great to hear. Megan Manigan, Georgia Brown and Fiona Jones, all 13, got their hair done, their pictures done and watched the 3D fashion catwalk. Westfield held this event to show that the future of shopping is becoming more digital, and more interesting. The touch-screen interactive boards let you can choose an outfit, creating an image on another screen to see if everything goes together or not. When you are satisfied
BUZZ 4.2012 TRUNK CALL: Clockwise from right, Joshua Junior in a green hat; Adam and Monalyn Abdin; reading time; Melissa Bennis with her neice Jade; Amaya Bhatia, in a fetching red party hat, makes a crown; Elnaz Bahardoost, Otolorin Bosede and Elias Bahardoost pose with Babar; Willow Lockwood-Thomas shows off her Babar crown; and Sai Bhatia makes sure he doesnâ€™t miss out on the birthday cakes
OUNG fans of everybody’s favourite elephant, Babar, celebrated the character’s 80th birthday with readings and a personal appearance. The bookshop Foyles in the Westfield mall, Shepherds Bush, hosted a party for 15 eager bookworms as the tales were read aloud, and Babar, in his trademark green velvety suit, posed for photos. Jean de Brunhoff’s elephant character was created in France in 1931, and has since been translated into
17 languages, making it one of the most popular children’s books of all time. Babar’s worldwide cult following extends far beyond Shepherds Bush, with a dozen shops dedicated to the elephant in Japan alone. “The party went very well,” said Foyles duty manager Julia Heller. “The Babar books enjoyed a resurgence a little while ago, but they’re still a bit old-fashioned for modern tastes, so they share shelves with classics such as Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh.”
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Food, fitness and fun at the Avonmore fair u Wrestle in a sumo suit and listen to the band – there are so many things to do, writes Tim Harrison
UN and games are promised at the summer fair at Avonmore primary school next month. The school, in Avonmore Road, Olympia, is staging the event on Saturday June 30, from 11.30am. It’s the biggest FAIR fundraiser of the GAME: year for the school Avonmore which has around pupils Thuba 200 pupils aged Mguni and Zen three to 11. Erasmus at the As well as bouncy 2010 fair the school grounds castles, face-painting and in Marcus Garvey and outdoor fitness and park,” explained one of dance sessions for children and parents, the fair will have the organisers, Melanie Carlebach. a visit from the fire brigade Co-ordinated by the and a sumo wrestling suit Avonmore parent teacher contest. association, the summer “It’s a real community fair also features army event as we have, for the cadets, a food court last couple of years, joined (including barbecue and together with Everynation Pimm’s stall), and a street church to run the event in
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Soldiers on stage earn the acclaim of audience u Compassionate, credible, moving and amusing: the plaudits pour in for young actors’ powerful performances at the Lyric, reports Tim Harrison
N ACTING career beckons for six Fulham youngsters who created an intensely physical show about the life of soldiers at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre. The performance by Lucas Duncan, Fatima Malik, Laura Ramnath, Jonathan Stokes, Sophie Thorn and Klaus Visha – all aged 15 or 16 – from the Bridge Academy pupil referral unit was enthusiastically applauded by 100strong audiences. Entitled The Grandfathers, it was performed on two nights as part of the Lyric Theatre/National Theatre connections festival. It also forms part of the pupils’ drama GCSE course. “They worked hard every day for nearly two weeks,
learning lines and getting to grips with the powerful messages of the play,” reported Bridge Academy headteacher Seamus Oates. Written by Rory Mullarkey as part of the National Theatre’s efforts to commission new writers, the play explored the tensions among a group of young soldiers who are forced to suppress their individuality for the good of the unit. The Grandfathers in the play’s title refers to the older, more experienced soldiers in the company. Several of the Bridge students had never stepped on to a stage before. “The young actors gave
COMBATS: Fatima Malik, Laura Ramnath and Sophie Thorn relax during rehearsals
performances that were absolutely credible, compassionate and moving but also amusing in parts,” said Seamus. “Congratulations to all of them. This was the first ever public performance by the Bridge Academy. The fact that it was sold out at the Lyric made us all very proud.” Rich Weinmann, the director, rehearsed in stocking feet. The young performers noticed that his socks were either full of holes, or badly matched, so at the end of the show they presented him with seven pairs of socks with different coloured toes and heels to say thank you for his hard work and patience!
Musicians tune up for Bush date l THE annual summer concert for young members of the Music House for Children centre in Shepherd Bush takes place on Sunday, June 24. Young musicians will take to the stage at Bush Hall in Uxbridge Road to perform to family and friends, and experience playing in a live concert hall. Entry is free, but reservation forms have to be filled in by Monday June 18. For more details, call 020 8932 2652 or visit: www. musichouseforchildren. co.uk
FUN: Wahaca at Westfield; Fulham Cross girls get cooking
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l MASTERCHEF winner and Wahaca restaurant founder Thomasina Miers spiced up life at Fulham Cross Girls’ School by creating a Mexican spread assisted by 15 students, including the borough’s junior chef runner-up Shekina Clarke. “You guys rocked; I had such a great time,” tweeted Thomasina after the fajita and chicken salad event had marked the reintroduction of GCSE food technology to the school curriculum.
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u Food Glorious Food, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two... Oliver! remains an enduring hit, writes Tim Harrison
OU could consider yourself one of us if you turned up to Fulham Library in a Victorian outfit to mark Charles Dickens’ bicentenary in song. The choir from Years 3 and 4 at Sulivan Primary School in Peterborough Road were in great voice when they performed classics from Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! – based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist. “It was amazing; the children loved dressing up and performing,” said music teacher Jo Holland. With 100 parents joining in the singalong, the event – dreamt up by librarian Elin Jones – was a roaring success.
in good voice: Librarian Elin Jones joins in and, above, Rania Ouali, 8, sings 35
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An Italian place to get your licks this summer u Can you resist? A new ice cream parlour has 24 flavours. It took some persuading, but Nick Skoric finally agreed to go and try them out
T HAS to be the most popular shop opening in Hammersmith for years. An authentic Italian ice cream parlour – Bertotti – has appeared in Hammersmith Grove, just off Hammersmith Broadway. With 24 natural flavours ranging from passion fruit, mango and pineapple to the sweeter tastes of tiramisu and nocciolata, there is plenty to choose between. And that’s before you think about toppings.
Scoops of ice-cold gelato can then be covered in nuts, flakes and Oren’s chocolate, while the cones can be covered in dark chocolate, hundreds and thousands and nuts. Newly-weds Diego Alfonso, 24, and Suzy Bertotti, 26, have sunk their savings into the business, with ice cream coming from the Joe Delucci chain in Turin. “It has always been our dream to open a shop and work together, so when I spotted the empty store I was determined to get it,” said Diego. “It felt right as the door number is 87 and I was born that year, so we went ahead and signed the papers. “This part of Hammersmith is a lovely residential area with lots of family and friendly people, and our place is what was missing around here.” Bertotti is open seven days a week from 7am-6.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-7pm on weekends. l For more details, visit: www.facebook.com/Bertotti. pure.italian
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TOP DRAWER: The winning Fulham Cross pupils celebrate their competition victory
u A design for a Barons Court community hub scoops architect prize, writes Tim Harrison FULHAM Cross girls have the best imaginations in the capital. Their plans for an architecturally dramatic
community hub won the top prize in the Open City Architecture in Schools contest, beating 150 other London schools. A visit to the Maggie’s Centre building at Charing Cross Hospital (one of Richard Rogers’ most acclaimed designs) inspired the students. They worked with architect Matthew
Springett to create a community hub based on Barons Court Library, using recycled materials to create a 3D model that impressed the judges. At the awards ceremony, the students spoke about the experience of taking part in the competition, and praised their design teacher, David Sibbald.
Share your thoughts about 9/11 and visit the memorial in New York l Secondary school students in Hammersmith & Fulham have a chance
to visit the 9/11 memorial in New York. Competition entrants have until June 1 to describe how the events of 9/11 have changed their world. Entries can either be a five-minute film or a 1,200-word essay, and you have to be between 14 and 16. Six winners will meet New York City’s senior officials, including the mayor, police chief and fire chief. They will have a guided tour of the memorial on the site of the World Trade Center, a ride in a fire boat and a visit to a high school. Judges include film producer Lord Puttnam, historian Simon Schama, and the BBC’s John Simpson (pictured left). For more details, visit: www.911educationprogramme.co.uk
Young carers’ group is great support network
HELPERS: Young carers’ group members Beatrice Vangu, Jessica Myers, Erin Fleming, Asma Messadi, Dayce Diogo-Junior and Daniel Malinovski on a trip to BBC Studios. They meet at the Sulgrave Club in W12
u It’s a demanding role, but being a young carer does open the doors of those who can support you, writes Beatrice Vangu & Erin Fleming
here are around 175,000 young carers in the UK – and 13,000 of these care for more than 50 hours a week, according to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. A young carer is someone who helps to take care of another person who might be sick. This person could be your mum, dad, or any other family member. Things that you might have to do as a young carer could be looking after and helping your family and being there to provide support. Being a young carer can affect your life in a number of ways.
You may have less time to hang out with your mates and to have fun, as you are always helping out with everything. Being part of the young carers’ service can help to provide support. It helps to give you access to key workers who can provide support and gives you the opportunity to meet new people just like you. This support can help you to make new friends and can help you to be more confident. The young carers’ group meets once a week at the Sulgrave Club in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.
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The junior group is for five to 11-year-olds, and the senior group is for 12 to 18year-olds. Alternatively, you can speak to someone at your school and ask them to contact the Young Carers’ service for you. The Sulgrave Club is open to all young people aged 12 to 19. The dedicated sessions for young carers take place on a Thursday and Saturday, however sessions that are open to all young people take place on Tuesdays, from 6.30-9.30pm for cooking, street dance and general youth activities; Thursday from 6.30-9.30pm for cooking, boxing and other youth activities; and Saturdays from 6.30-9.30pm for general youth activities. If you are a young carer, or you think you know someone who is, please contact the Young Carers’ Service by emailing: youth_ firstname.lastname@example.org
A R T SMILE: Daniela Santacruz, 11, shows her teeth
ROAR: Bill Craig, 6, with his fire-breathing dragon
SPIKE: Lucy Hiscox, 6, made a dragon with superb pink scales
Interviews by Nick Skoric l Pictures by Leigh Quinnell
u The pupils at St Stephen’s primary in Shepherds Bush – taking inspiration from the tale of St George and the dragon, and artist David Hockney – got creative and showed off their fiery pieces. Here’s what they said...
YIKES: Zak Larkin comes face to face with a large dragon
Jasmine Aruta, 7, Year 1 “It was the best week in the whole year at school. We had a lot of fun painting and looking at all the cool pieces of art that everyone made.”
Mehemia Michael, 7, Year 2 “We all had to paint one part of the painting and then we put it together to make A big one.”
BUZZ 4.2012 HOCK A HOOP: Parents Caroline Bondy and Annabell Barrett with Ludo Young, Stanley Cummings, Jemima Larkin and Mehemia Michael
Parent Caroline Bondy “We went to the David Hockney exhibition at the royal academy and were impressed with what we saw. The children found it a real challenge and got very messy making the painting, but once they saw all their work put together to make one big painting they were so excited and happy with the way it looked.” WATCH OUT: From left, parent Emily Fuller, deputy head Karen Frazer and head Michael Schumm check out the dragon
Billy Craig, 6, Year 1 “I can’t wait to take my dragon home to show all my family.”
BUZZ 4.2012 UP, UP AND AWAY: Louisa Askins and her sons Finn and Milo watch a dragon take to the sky
Headteacher Michael Schumm â€œWe had a fantastic week full of art and it is wonderful to see all the kids and parents together enjoying the huge display of work. The art by the pupils has shown that we have a great number of truly superb artists in the school and their work speaks for itself.â€?
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ART & FASHION ACTIVITIES Design a hoodie! Wednesday 6 June 11.00am-1.30pm (Sulgrave Club) or 3.30-6.00pm (Brunswick Club) Age: 11-19 Be inspired by artists’ work and ideas and put together your own creation using stencils and patterns to create a unique hoodie using techniques including spray paint, pattern cutting and photo transfers The Sulgrave Club 287 Goldhawk Rd, W12 8EU (11.00am-1.30pm) or Brunswick Youth Club 34 Haldane Road, Fulham SW6 7EU (3.30-6.00pm) 020 8938 8017 or 020 7938 8033
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SPORT ACTIVITIES Junior football tournament Wednesday 6 June 11.00am-1.00pm Age: 11-14 Into football? This is your chance to play games, have fun and win some prizes for yourself and your team. Linford Christie Stadium Artillery Way, off Du Cane Rd Wormwood Scrubs, W12 0AE 0845 009 0933
Commonwealth Games camp Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 June 11.00am-3.00pm Age: 11-19 Four sports a day for three days to celebrate the upcoming Olympics. Come and enjoy playing football, cricket, basketball, dodgeball and lots more! South Park 88 Peterborough Road, SW6 3BA 0845 009 0933
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u Re-energised and relaunched, the QPR study centre seems to have cracked the conundrum of making after-school learning an experience that youngsters relish, reports Tim Harrison
EVER doubt the power of football to be a force for good beyond the simple business of kicking balls around on a pitch. Queens Park Rangers have relaunched their study centre with the help of local commercial partners and a well-organised backroom team, and the reaction from the schools involved has been overwhelmingly positive. “It’s great,” said 10-yearold Daniele Cicenaite, as she spent her after-school session researching the statistics on Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin… only for the player to suddenly appear behind
her to chat about what she’d written and admire her work! QPR are proving to be one of the most effective clubs in the land at harnessing the appeal of football, then using it to encourage youngsters to make the most of their potential. Co-ordinated by the QPR in the Community Trust, the relaunched centre under the stands at Loftus Road works with 14 schools in Hammersmith & Fulham borough to help pupils achieve more while making studying fun. “Our community trust is right at the top of the premier league
of community trusts,” said trust chief executive Andy Evans as he thanked representatives of laptop supplier Lenovo and software giant Microsoft for equipping the revamped centre. At its heart is the simple concept of making studying fun by building it around sport. If Shepherds Bush’s teenagers can be persuaded to join after-school clubs to improve reading, writing and maths because the room they’re using is based at a Premier League football ground, then someone is doing something right. Young Daniele, in her final year at Greenside primary and starting at Hammersmith Academy in
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September, is a perfect example of the study centre’s effectiveness. Like many in Shepherds Bush, she has a remarkably diverse cultural background. “I speak English, Russian, Lithuanian, Arabic and Italian,” she told h&f buzz. “Today I’m writing a player profile on Alejandro Faurlin, so I’m searching for information about him and his country. “He’s one of my favourite players, and I’m in the girls’ football squad at school… although we went out in the Mayor’s Cup semi-finals.” Daniele had already listed tango dancing as being one of the player’s possible skills, before Ali Faurlin appeared in person in the study centre to insist that while it was indeed a national skill in Argentina, it wasn’t his greatest strength! “The height’s right,” he said, running his eye down
Daniele’s collected statistics, which were written as if composing pen profiles for a football programme. “It might be better if you leave the weight out, though!” “So how many goals have you scored for QPR?” asked Daniele, quite correctly going to the primary information source for her research. “Er, three or four,” said Ali Faurlin, with a slight uncertainty in his voice. “Four, I think.” Daniele’s investigations had unearthed the fact that the sweet, runny caramel
fudge ‘dulce de leche’ was likely to be one of the footballer’s favourite foods. “True,” he confessed. Moving on to see what the next pupil was writing, Ali (who lives just round the corner in Hammersmith) was asked for his assessment of fellow player Joey Barton. Club officials who were accompanying the player began to look nervous. “Well, you’ve written that he’s 5ft 11in,” said the midfielder, glancing at the pupil’s workbook. “What else can you say? I can tell you he’s a very positive guy!”
Joey Barton? He’s 5ft 11in. What else can you say? I can tell you he’s a very positive guy
The QPR study centre doesn’t just inspire youngsters to polish their skills, it also gives those who have benefited from the studying a chance to take their involvement to another level. Naim Salih is 14, and a pupil at Phoenix High. Having been through the study centre a couple of years ago, he now comes back as a volunteer mentor to younger children. “I started coming here when I was 10 or 11,” he said. “I used to come after school to do revision in English and maths. Now I come along after school to lend a hand. Eventually I want to do something with sports; something physical. Maybe a player!” Schools rotate on different days to send pupils to the Loftus Road centre, with up to six sessions of learning based around football.
“It’s fresh, it’s different and therefore it’s more fun to learn,” said Jesse Foyle, the enthusiastic education manager. “We take the kids along to the club shop to help them understand budgeting, they write matchday articles and player profiles, and the discipline is like the discipline you need on the pitch.” Pinned around the study centre walls are poems inspired by the players and by the Olympics. Some have had a go at designing next year’s kit. If Erica Lee, a year 6 pupil at Good Shepherd primary in Gayford Road, has her way, QPR will resemble multicoloured zebras with flowers embroidered on their shorts! Andy Evans from the QPR in the Community Trust praised the Football League Trust and the Premier League for their assistance in establishing the study
centre at a time when many similar facilities are under financial threat. The trust doesn’t just assist youngsters. At the other end of the age spectrum, sporting and computer training activities are organised for senior citizens too. “The hook we have is using QPR – the brand – to bring people here,” said Jesse Foyle. “When youngsters come here, they don’t see it as doing extra after-school maths and English, they see it as coming to QPR.” The Loftus Road media centre, with its handy flipdown mini desks, is also put to good use, while the club helps unemployed people to get back into work by providing coaching and training.
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Strike a light! We’ve become local heroes u Some of the Olympic magic is starting to rub off on the borough’s sporting teenagers, reports Nick Skoric
HE ever-growing Gurumu Taekwondo club in Lillie Road, Fulham, continues to defy the odds after two of its fighters were selected to be local heroes. Humoon Afsardeir, 15, and Rajveer Chana, 15, were hand-picked for the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme, an Olympicinspired scheme which looks to fund and assist emerging sporting talent.
Hummon from Hammersmith is the current national cadet champion after winning the National Championships for the second consecutive year. The Hurlingham and Chelsea pupil has also represented Great Britain after competing at the European Cadet Championships in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia. “It means a lot to me as it shows me that I am recognised in my community, which gives me a sense of individuality which I am proud about. “Also it will help me financially as some of the essential events and development
training camps I will have to take part in will be covered,” said Hummon. The talented youngster is now looking to retain his national title, and hopefully gain a place in the GB team for the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in November. Team-mate Rajveer is another rising star in the martial arts world, and holds the fastest cadet knockout time with an incredible two seconds – set at the London Open Championships in 2009. l For more details on the club, visit Gurumu Taekwondo’s Facebook page
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THE WAY WE WERE: Father and teacher Declan Gane with young captain Louis and his two sisters Rosa and Mariel, who are both now at Sacred Heart high school
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HEN his son was made captain of the rugby team, Shepherds Bush teacher Declan Gane looked for a book on the subject. Failing to find one, he wrote to a handful of prominent captains in different sports to get a few tips. The project snowballed, and So You Want To Be Captain? resulted – a book on captainship, produced by the Harry Potter publisher. “I’d taken Louis down to play mini-rugby at Richmond Rugby Club when he was six or seven, and I got involved in the coaching side,” said Declan, 48, who lives just off Askew Road. “When he moved from Good Shepherd primary to Cardinal Vaughan School, he was made captain, and I went to try to get him a book on it. I couldn’t find anything.” The response from a letter-writing blitz was heartening, and with nearly 50 responses from past and current captains in a host of different sports, Declan began compiling the book. “Some of the replies were short and sweet,” he said. “Gary Lineker wrote: ‘Enjoy it, and always call heads!’ Other people gave a lot more information. Stuart Hooper, the Bath rugby captain, was keen that children get an idea of responsibility, and leading by example. “Martin Corry, former England rugby captain and Rugby World Cup winner, made the point that you’ve been chosen to be captain for what you do now… so don’t change anything,
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and stick to what you do.” Advice and observations came from Ian Botham, Dame Kelly Holmes, Will Carling, Michael Vaughan and Geoff Boycott. Although Declan found it harder to get responses from current sporting captains (some are tied to sponsorship deals which prevent them contributing), Everton armband-wearer Phil Neville made time to send a message. The publishing process takes its own sweet time from start to finish. Bloomsbury agreed to print the book 18 months ago, but it wasn’t until last month that the volume actually appeared… with young Louis now in the lower sixth!
A captain can make or break a team
For Declan, the writing experience has proved an interesting diversion following a major career shift. A former governor of Good Shepherd primary in Gayford Road, W12, he decided to switch from trade fair marketing to school teaching last autumn, doing on-the-job training at Good Shepherd. “A captain has many responsibilities, and can make or break a team. Success is always sweet, but when it all goes wrong it can be a lonely and stressful job, especially if you are quite young,” said Declan. As well as obvious sports such as football, cricket and rugby, the book includes the British curling team, and successful paralympians. The Sport Relief charity receives a donation from every book sold. l So You Want to be Captain? is published by Bloomsbury at £9.99. More information at: www. soyouwanttobecaptain. com
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GENERATION GAME: JJ Kelly proudly wears his belt, while dad Jim makes a successful return to the ring
u Jim blows the dust off his gloves while young JJ triumphs to make it a stunning sporting night for both father and son. Nick Skoric reports from the ringside on a remarkable family story
IKE father, like son. On the night that 11-year-old JJ Kelly clinched the Bikma European kickboxing title, his father Jim was making a triumphant return to the ring after 21 years. The youngster, fighting for Fulham’s Scorpion Kickboxing Club in Peterborough Road, stole the limelight with a devastating technical knockout win over Aiden Claridge of London Warriors to complete the night’s work for the father and son double act. JJ already held the junior belt, but was determined to add more silverware to his mantelpiece and came out for the first round at a relentless pace. Going into the second
round, Claridge already he hit the canvas in the first looked exhausted and round after Rufus unleashed JJ capitalised with two a barrage of blows. powerful leg kicks, But the early scare confirming his superiority in seemed to help the 42-yearthe third when his opponent old brush off the ring rust as took a standing eight count. he started to use his boxing The writing was on the brain to dodge the heavy wall and the 11-year-old artillery coming from his made certain of victory opponent, counter-punching in the fourth round with with great effect. well-worked combinations, As Kelly found his rhythm, forcing the referee to halt he began to demoralise proceedings. Rufus with hand Earlier the and leg kick same night, combinations to Kelly senior – head and body, who recently and went on to became a impress the judges grandfather with a win on the to little Lola cards. I felt like a – proved “I felt like that once a teenager teenager again when a fighter again while I was in the ring always a I was in the fighter, ring after all securing that time out, a hardand the hard fought work I put in points victory during training over Jimmy really paid off Rufus of in the end,” said Gurumuay. Kelly. The ex-Dale The Scorpion Youth boxer Kickboxing Club looked like he donated profits had a tough from the event to night’s work on the Motor Neurone his hands when Disease Association.
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BUZZ 4.2012 PLAYING FOR KODJO: Police and teenagers join together in sporting fixture in memory of 16-year-old
Football match unites community in tribute to murdered teenager u The anniversary of a tragic death provides the springboard for launch of an education trust to fight crime and bring the community together, as Nick Skoric reports
he fifth anniversary of schoolboy Kodjo Yenga’s tragic death in Hammersmith was commemorated with a football match at Phoenix High School between his friends and the police. The memorial game, held on March 18 at the White City school, also marked the launch of the new Kodjo Yenga Educational Trust and Foundation. Dr Toyin Idowu, of the London-wide Youth Against Crime NOT Crime Against You charity, worked with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s community support officer Kevin Smith to arrange the contest. Dr Idowu told h&f buzz:
“We felt that there is far too much hostility towards the police, and we wanted to show the youngsters that the police are just everyday people like themselves, with families.” Kodjo was stabbed through the heart in Hammersmith Grove on March 14 2007. He was 16. He was ambushed by a
Everybody could feel Kodjo’s spirit with us
teenage gang. After trial, Tirrell Davis, 17, and Brandon Richmond, 14, were jailed for life for murder. Three other youths were locked up for 10 years for manslaughter. The foundation team, made up of his friends, won the memorial game 5-2 as Kodjo’s mother, Ladjua Lesele, and father, Alfred Liyolo, watched on with pride. “Today is a very important day for us as we breathe life into Kodjo’s Foundation with the support of his friends and the local police,” said Kodjo’s mother Ladjua. “Everybody here today could feel Kodjo’s spirit was with us all.” Met Police borough youth officer Sgt Gordon Barlow added: “All of us want to improve relations between young people in the borough and the police. “Today showed that young people and the police can enjoy a game of football together.” l For more details about the charity, visit: www.yacncay. com
BUZZ 4.2012 CHAMPS: Brackenbury girls celebrate their trophy win, as the boys of Larmenier & Sacred Heart lift the cup (right) PICTURES BY LEIGH QUINNELL
l St Peter’s v Larmenier & Sacred Heart BOYS l Brackenbury v St Paul’s GIRLS
THE MAYOR’S CUP 2012 FINALS!
u A penalty shoot-out settled this year’s primary schools football contest, reports Tim Harrison
T WAS a thriller! The Mayor’s Cup final went right to the wire as London’s premier primary school football tournament was decided by spot-kicks in the sunshine in Ravenscourt Park. The boys’ competition was a religious duel, with St Peter’s, champions of the north CONTINUED ON page 68>>
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of the borough, facing Larmenier & Sacred Heart of Brook Green, the southern champs. At full time it stood at 2-2, and with no goals being scored in extra time the final went to nail-biting penalties. Larmenier clinched the trophy for the second year running thanks to three clean, crisp spot-kicks, while one of the St Peter’s penalties struck the post and bounced harmlessly away. It led to scenes of jubilation on the touchline, with organiser Deryck Fill praising the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by both sides. The mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Frances Stainton, presented medals and trophies to the winners and runners-up. “You’ve all done magnificently well, and special congratulations to the winners,” she said. The girls’ final, between northern champions Brackenbury and southern champs St Paul’s, was a more prickly affair, with touchline tension sometimes threatening to overwhelm the football. Played just before the boys’ final, on March 30 in sunsoaked Ravenscourt Park, it saw Brackenbury come from behind to win 2-1. The boys’ final – the culmination of hard-fought northern and southern tournaments – was refereed firmly and fairly by Carlos dos Santos, one of the QPR-backed community staff who, with Fulham FC’s coaches, supplied refs and coaching support to the whole competition. Larmenier kicked off, playing into the sun, and were ahead inside a minute, thanks to a clever flick from 10-year-old striker Zion. St Peter’s were unlucky not to be level moments later when a shot hit the crossbar, but Larmenier clung on to hold the advantage at half-time, despite a fierce flurry of shots from St Peter’s, in blue, just before the whistle. Logan, in the Larmenier goal, made a string of topclass diving saves to deny the opponents in the second half, before being beaten by one of St Peter’s more determined players, Olly, and picking up a shoulder injury after being clattered in a goalmouth crunch.
BUZZ 4.2012 SKILLS CHECK: Clockwise from top: Dominic Enwright weaves through the St Peter’s players; penalty shoot-out drama; (inset) Larmenier captain Dominic Enwright with the cup; mayor Cllr Frances Stainton commiserates with the losing team; and congratulates the winners. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Tyreece Charles (yellow) gets a foot on the ball; Isaac King goes on a run for St Peter’s; the plucky losers from St Peter’s line up; Larmenier (in yellow) and St Peter’s compete for the ball
With two minutes remaining, Larmenier broke against the run of play, with Zion rifling home what appeared to be the winner, only for St Peter’s to show real grit and determination to level right at the death with an inspired rocket free kick from Jovis, which arrowed into the top corner. Extra time produced no more goals, so it finished 2-2 and went to penalties. Larmenier had the edge when it came to the spotkicks, and it finished with the
Roman Catholic school from Brook Green winning 3-1 on penalties. Aiden Garvin, the Larmenier coach, conceded: “If I’m honest, St Peter’s had more of the ball. “It was a tough game. We won the competition last year, and I have to say we didn’t think we’d hold on to it this year. St Peter’s
are a hard team, and we only had two shots on goal… but got both of them!” Deryck Fill commented: “The boys’ final was played in an extremely good spirit; the supporters cheered both sides, and that’s how it should be. “It was friendly rivalry, not tribalism.”
Girls’ final sees a pitch invasion!
BUZZ 4.2012 SHOOT: Clockwise from left, Nancy Hughes shoots; Savannah Cox clears for St Paul’s; Brackenbury coach Damian Duguid talks; Arnonela Bitri competes; and Lily Percy (blue) shields
u Feelings ran high on the touchline when the borough’s leading girls’ teams clashed in the final, writes Tim Harrison
he girls’ final, between Brackenbury in red and St Paul’s in blue, was more tense and tetchy. St Paul’s took a lead within seconds of the kick-off thanks to the determination of petite blonde striker Lily, but Brackenbury levelled with a scrappy equaliser as Latoya bundled in from a long throw-in to make it 1-1. To an insistent soundtrack of ‘We are Brackenbury, I said we are Brackenbury’ and ‘They’re funky, they’re cool… they’re Brackenbury School’ from the sidelines, the reds took a grip of the game in the second half and gave Makeda, guarding the St Paul’s goal on the Ravenscourt artificial surface, plenty to do. Midway through the second 10-minute half, Brackenbury captain Nancy volleyed the winner, with
the final whistle triggering a major pitch invasion by the school’s army of supporters. Coach Damian Duguid told h&f buzz: “I’m ecstatic; I’m so proud of all the girls. It was real team effort, just brilliant.” Mohamed Abdel Mohsen refereed the girls’ final. Several of the year 5 and 6 pupils who competed in the close match are already on the books of Chelsea, Fulham and QPR.
YOUR SHOUT Zion Forsythe, 10, who scored both Larmenier’s goals in the final, told h&f buzz: “It felt good to get two goals, really good. I’m the top scorer in the team, and now I’ve won the Mayor’s Cup twice as I was in the winning team last year too. Two Mayor’s Cups! Yeah! I’m going to be a footballer when I’m older. I’m going to start at QPR or Fulham, then get up to better teams. First Manchester United, and then Barcelona!”
Summing up the 2011/12 Mayor’s Cup – fought between all 34 primary schools, and now in its 22nd year – Deryck Fill said that the winter had been kinder to this year’s tournament compared to last year’s battle with snow and ice. “The competition has gone well, and we’ve only had to cancel a couple of games because of frozen pitches,” he said. “Both boys and girls have shown further improvement this year, but the girls’ standard of play has shown a real jump.” Referee Carlos dos Santos agreed that all the young competitors in this year’s contest had had “an outstanding time”, and said the tournament really let the kids express themselves on a football field. “If I’ve got a criticism it’s that some of the teachers take the competition far too seriously, and parents complain too much about referees’ decisions,” he said. “Respect starts from here… when you take the kids from the school yard to the park. Whether you win or
I’m so proud of all the girls. It was a real team effort
YOUR SHOUT Nancy Hughes, who captained Brackenbury to victory – and scored the winning goal – in the girls’ final, told h&f buzz: “Obviously there were high expectations before the game, but after they scored their goal we just tried our hardest… and got the result.”
KEEP READING >> Action-packed day of tag rugby at Hurlingham Park lose, you achieve something together as a team. “There’s great diversity in the schools in the borough, but all differences, all religions, all issues, disappear when they come through the gates and start playing. And that’s exactly what you want. “The other great thing is that the Mayor’s Cup is a good way to combat childhood obesity. We can advise on health, diet and
nutrition; everything’s linked, and everyone can be helped by this tournament.” With silver medals going to each runner-up, and gold medals to the winners, it was a gleaming, glittering prize presentation at the end of the event. Roll on September, when Larmenier & Sacred Heart have the chance to go for what would be an extraordinary treble.
Dominic Enwright, 11, the captain of the Larmenier & Sacred Heart team, has also set his sights on a footballing career. “Yes, I want to be a footballer. I like Liverpool; I just like the way they play. We knew today that if we played our best we would win. I thought it would probably go to extra time.”
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BUZZ 4.2012 feast: Monzer Salaman, 9, Rebecca Taylor, 9, Sofia Seal, 10, Ruma Patwary, 9, Shadia Abdi, 10, and Sakib Hussain, 10. Left, gardeners Jon Jales, Mohammed Ali and Kyanu Lopera, all 10. Top left, instructor Hannah Stradling helps Rebecca Taylor, Shadia Abdi, Ruma Patway and Monzer Salaman. Below, White City in 1908
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it, making fruit drinks seems an odd way to learn Olympic history... but look closer and it makes sense, writes Tim Harrison
OUNGSTERS have been learning about the astonishing Olympic heritage of Hammersmith & Fulham borough… by mixing up fruit smoothies on a bicycle! As the London games draw closer, year 5 pupils from New Kings Primary in New Kings Road gathered at the glasshouses in Ravenscourt Park to learn about the importance of diet to athletes.
l In a lesson of thrift and economy to today’s Olympics organisers, the 1908 London Games in White City cost £15,000 to stage... and made a modest profit! Sports included lacrosse, motorboat racing and tug of war. Team GB won 56 gold medals, with the USA second (23 golds) and Sweden third (8). In all, 22 nations competed
They helped with planting, then had the novel experience of mixing up energy-filled fruit smoothies, using pedal power. The visit was arranged with support from the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. They are also getting to know about the local Olympic history, with White City hosting the 1908 games. Moya O’Hara from the Hammersmith & Fulham Urban Studies Centre, who has been organising the Young Olympians project, told h&f buzz: “We had a lovely day in the glasshouses, and next we’re going on a visit to the Olympic site at Stratford, which everyone is really looking forward to.” The project has already involved youngsters from Bentworth Primary, Larmenier & Sacred Heart, Sulivan and The Good Shepherd, as well as New Kings.
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tickets have paid visits to local schools. British middle distance runner and Olympic hopeful Hannah England recently went to Burlington Danes Academy, Shepherds Bush, to encourage the school’s budding athletes. Year 7 pupils held the silver medal that she won in the 2011 World Championships in China and a lucky few were given the opportunity to be trained by her at the nearby Linford Christie Stadium. British judo champion David Logan visited Good Shepherd RC Primary in Shepherds Bush... and demonstrated his throwing technique on one of the school’s teachers. He spoke to students about his diet, his
Lucky pupils can see events without charge, as Jon Weisgard reports
ore than 2,000 schoolchildren from Hammersmith & Fulham are set to enjoy the Olympic Games for free this summer. Olympic bosses Locog have set aside 125,000 tickets for London pupils, and 59 schools and colleges in H&F have secured a total of 2,084 tickets. The tickets will be provided to schools, which will then decide how to distribute them. They are split between Olympic football, the other 25 Olympic sports and the Paralympics. In the meantime, two prospective Olympic stars
training regime and the competitions he has taken part in. He said his motto was ‘always to give 100 per cent’ and explained that he won his British Championship despite competing with a bad injury. l Borough libraries are now selling a number of limited edition London 2012 pin badges (pictured below), priced £6 each or £10 for two.
! G N I P u It’s the ultimate sporting test of skill and co-ordination, and it’s back on our streets this summer. Tim Harrison reaches for his trusty bat
GIVE IT A SPORTING CHANCE: Free ping pong tables come to the borough for a month thanks to this year’s Olympics
iNG pong tables are springing up around the borough. Ping! is back. The keep fit, have fun, summer bat-andball festival returns to the borough for a month, to herald the Olympics. With backing from the council, three table tennis tables are being sited in Hammersmith, Fulham and Shepherds Bush from the end of June. Anyone can have a go at ping pong right through July,
PONG! using free bats which are stored at the side of the table. As well as freeplay sessions, the Ping! tables will be used for skill-improving masterclasses and organised tournaments. All you need is enthusiasm. In Fulham, a table is being set up in the Fulham Broadway centre. In Hammersmith there will be outdoor fun in Lyric Square, while in Shepherds Bush you can have a go on a table in the Westfield mall. It’s all part of the mass participation brief of the Olympics organisers, with table tennis seen as one of the most easily learnt and accessible sports. There are reckoned to be
300 million players worldwide, making it the second most popular sport after football. In England it is calculated that 134,900 people play table tennis every week – a rise of 50,000 on last year. Hammersmith & Fulham Council is backing the project locally with some of its Olympic cash. In return, the borough will get to keep the tables – and will be able to choose three community groups to house them. “Yes, after the monthlong project is over, they’ll get a permanent home in the borough,” sports development manager Jardine Finn told h&f buzz.
The ping pong tables will be in place from June 29 to July 26, with a supply of bats… and 200 table tennis balls. Masterclasses in ping pong will be given from time to time by local spin doctors, and tournaments will be organised at all three borough locations. Each table has an adopted ‘friend’ – a local shop or company which keeps an eye on it, and replenishes bats and balls when necessary. When the Ping! project was last run, more than 4,000 table tennis bats were provided around the country… and only 50 of them were nicked, impressing (and surprising) the organisers.
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May 2 Hurlingham Park, Fulham
CHAMPS: Good Shepherd captain Finian Cox lifts the trophy. Right, the whole team celebrate as Finian gets the cup PICTUREs BY LEIGH QUINNELL
u The final match went all the way to sudden
death...but was dramatically settled as the threat of penalties loomed, writes Nick Skoric
HE title is on its way to Shepherds Bush after Good Shepherd primary school scored a dramatic golden try in extra time to beat St Maryâ€™s in the final of the tag rugby spring tournament in Hurlingham Park. The players were spared the nerve-jangling ordeal of penalty kicks after the game ended
5-5 in normal time â€“ but Good Shepherd remained focused, and struck the killer blow early on in the sudden death phase to seal the win. The Gayford Road-based team cruised into the semi-finals during the May 2 showdown after easing past Wendell Park, Canberra and Bentworth in the CONTINUED ON pages 84&85>>
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group stages. But they had a tricky semi-final clash against Pope John from White City – and only just edged past their opponents as the game ended 3-2. After lifting the team’s trophy, Good Shepherd captain Finian Cox, 11, said: “We put in a good team effort and we all played well today. “We had hard games in the semis and final but in the end we fought for the win and now we are all happy with our trophy.” Meanwhile, there was more good news for the school as the B side finished third overall after managing to defeat Pope John 5-4 in the third place play-off. Head coach Toby Davis said: “Both teams played extremely well today. “They used what we learned in training to good effect, and both teams can be proud of their day’s work.” The win puts further strain on the shelves of the Good Shepherd trophy cabinet as it joins the silverware that
the team picked up last autumn when they were crowned H&F primary school champions. While there was only one team lifting this year’s cup, it looked to be smiles all round as most of the youngsters wanted more rugby. Ema Pivasevic, 11, from
I tried to run as fast as I could when I got the ball
Year 6 at St Mary’s in Masbro Road, West Kensington, said: “The tournament was an amazing experience. “We worked hard and then played hard. “Today we really showed true team spirit in all the games. “Tag rugby is a great sport and you can have so much fun playing.” And Euan McCall, 10, from Year 5 at Brackenbury primary school in Hammersmith was also enthusiastic. He said: “I really enjoyed myself during the competition. “It was the first time that I have played the game. “It is a fun sport and it is not violent, so everyone can play.” Meanwhile, Tortile Akighir, 10, from Year 5 at Pope John in Commonwealth Avenue, added: “I loved playing today and we all tried our best to win. “I tried to run as fast as I could when I got the ball as I was playing on the wing, and now I can’t wait to play the real game of rugby!”
Catch mE: Pope John and Good Shepherd B battle for third (left). Ronan Gillibert shimmies in the final (right) and (inset) Leslie Andam focuses
ga m e o n : m Clockwise fro above: Grace Smith scores; Andrej Turda ll; runs with the ba ks jin Abib Wellingtonjen De am Ad d an for St Maryâ€™s; left: Iyanla James is tackled. Far the final streaks away in
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Saturday 21st July 2012 The sleepover is an all-night extravaganza exclusively for our junior supporters! Enjoy a funfilled evening of activities before falling asleep in the Club's exciting new Museum. Activities include a stadium tour, 5-aside football and of course, lots of fun activities in the Museum!
For more information visit: www.chelseafc.com/tours