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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day -48: 2018 World Cup

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Admittedly the connection of this blog with the World Cup in 2018 is a bit tenuous, but yesterday my colleague John Coburn (who’s also standing for the council in Bayswater) and I met with Michele, Dave, Donald and Joy at the Baptist Church in Porchester Road and headed along to the Brunel Estate to watch local youngsters playing football.

Through its Bayswater Detached Project, the Westbourne Park Family Centre arranges organised football matches each Friday night on the floodlit astroturf pitch in the middle of the estate. The walkways of blocks of flats above look down on the action like the terraces of a stadium.

Despite the heavy rain and cool temperature, there was a good attendance. Most of the kids we saw were between 10 and 16, of all races and religions. As Dave says, at that age they still can still connect with the kids, any older and it becomes uncool to hang out with the adults.

On the short walk there, Dave wondered out loud how the boys would react to us. Spectators were a rarity, especially on a night like this. As it happened, they seemed to love an audience, however small, and there were handshakes and lively questioning on both sides before kick off.

We left at half time, by now drenched, but totally impressed by the warmth, energy and enthusiam of players and officials alike.

This project is, pardon the cliche, keeping these kids off the streets and providing such a positive experience. Some of these youths have been to professional trials and one can dream that they might be involved in 2018.  As for now, good luck in the game against Hallfield next Friday, Brunel.


Written by markblackburn

March 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. […] Election Day -48: 2018 World Cup « Mark's campaign notepad […]

  2. nice notepad
    which reminds me..

    When you walk
    through a storm
    hold your head up high
    and don’t be afraid of the dark

    at the end of a storm
    there’s golden sky
    and the sweet silver song of a lark

    walk on, through the wind
    walk on, through the rain
    though your dreams be tossed and blown

    walk on, walk on,
    with hope in your heart
    and you’ll never walk alone
    you’ll never walk alone

    PS. sign ’em up..

    mike ormsby

    March 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

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