Elite Youth FC, a project initiative of the Football in the Community project (FITC) of Osmani Trust has witnessed both their youth and adult teams achieve a very successful football season. Elite Youth FC offers local young people and adults the opportunity to play competitive football in regional leagues across London and this year the teams have truly excelled in all age groups.
The youth team which plays in the East London & Essex League have had a landmark season, the newly formed Under 10’s team have made huge progress in their debut within league football, they’ve finished fourth in the league and are in the League Cup Plate Semi-Final which will be played on Sunday 22nd May at Hornchurch FC. The Under 13 team have again made steady improvements in the league finishing fourth in the league. The Under 16 team finished second in the league and narrowly lost out in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday 1st May to Clapham FC.
The Saturday Elite Youth team again in the debut season in the Middlesex County League Second Division are currently sitting fifth in the league with two games to play narrowly lost 2-0 to Pitshanger Dynamo in the Middlesex County Football League Junior Cup Final on Saturday 30th April. The final was tightly fought with Elite Youth missing a whole host of chances.
Abdal Ahmed, Football Development Manager said, “It’s been a long hard season but the managers, coaches, volunteers and players have worked extremely hard and this has paid off with great success. Elite Youth is a community club and we want to encourage local young people and adults to participate and play competitive football at a good standard”.
The teams are now focusing towards the Bangladeshi Football Association (BFA) Summer League and summer tournaments, the Under 16 team will be travelling to Sweden to participate in the Gothia Cup hoping to extend their fantastic season. If you are interested in joining Elite Youth or participating in the Gothia Cup tour please contact Abdal Ahmed on 020 7247 8080.
You may not know who I am, however I wanted to take this opportunity to mention how Joyous and as pride is haram how happy it makes me feel to read about the Football ELITE Youth are playing.
Not sure if you have read up on the history of EYFC, it was formed by Abu Bhai, who brought in several key individuals to help build an inter community football team, the players varied in skill however came from as far as Ilford to the Hub in vallance road. (Manor Park, Forest Gate, Cannon Street Road, Robin Hood, Burdett and Limehouse). Given the blend of individuals (very unique at the time, as most teams where associated with one post code), we needed to find a common cause and quality to build our football philosophy and we did. 88 games played, 3 lost, 65 wins and some drawn
Our belief was to play as one unit, attractive but with a never say die attitude. We made headlines in our early years reaching the cup final and being prompted in our very first season, within 2 years we where competing and beating the old guard Shadwell, Beaumont, Mohammadan, etc
The team spirit, atmosphere the quality and resilience we had been exceptional.
So it goes without saying that when we (former players, managers) read on current achievements’ we feel good knowing that the legacy of inter community teams based on passion, flare and desire to win without cheating as one and not as individuals is still the message EYFC are sending, it make the hair stand up on the back of our necks!
Peace and regards
a former player / manager