The Tower Hamlets youth football club that has produced some of the Premier League’s greats including John Terry and Jermaine Defoe, will for the first time in its 40 year history compete at the World Youth Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Senrab F.C. faced closure due to a lack of funds just a few months ago when Crossrail contractor BNK stepped in to provide money for new team kit and secured the club’s future.
Now, BBMV who are constructing Whitechapel Crossrail station is putting £2500 towards transport costs to send 62 players to the tournament as part of the Crossrail Community Investment Programme.
Senrab is one of the few east London clubs ever to compete at the World Youth Cup. Three teams of players aged 14 to 17 that left London on Friday will be lining up against 1,640 teams from 79 countries.
The organisers of the World Youth Cup extended a special invitation to Senrab, waiving entry and accommodation costs to ensure they could participate due to the players and team being from an area with social and economic challenges.
Senrab F.C. Club Secretary, Tony Carroll said: “A lot of the boys are from low income families and one parent families; some have never left London before. We want our boys to go over there and enjoy themselves, have an experience and learn something. This is a life lesson as well as a football lesson so it’s a marvellous opportunity for these kids. Local businesses are our lifeline and without this donation we simply could not have taken part.”
Peter Walsh, Project Director, Whitechapel station contractor BBMV said: “Through Crossrail’s Community Investment Programme we are keen to leave a lasting legacy in the Whitechapel area. We are very proud to be helping Senrab F.C achieve a dream of competing at the World Youth Cup and hope this will leave a lasting impact on the young players that will travel to Gothenburg and represent east London.”
Senrab F.C is an East End institution, playing a vital role in the community since its inception in 1961 and producing professional and international footballers including John Terry, Sol Campbell, Ledley King, Jermaine Defoe, Bobby Zamora and Ray Wilkins.
The Crossrail Community Investment Programme requires contractors delivering Crossrail works to support the communities in which they are working. Crossrail Whitechapel contractors Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci (BBMV) are donating at least £2,500 towards the trip.
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Notes to Editors
BBMV (Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci joint venture) is delivering the main works for the new Crossrail Whitechapel station. BNK (Bam Nuttall and Kier) are delivering the advanced works on the same station.
Senrab F.C. has 23 teams with players ranging between the ages of five and seventeen.
Contractors Bam Nuttall and Kier (BNK) contributed £4,000 towards new club kit earlier this year, helping secure the club’s future. BNK is undertaking the enabling works at Crossrail’s Whitechapel station.
The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.
The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.