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Football clubs receive cash boost thanks to Mayor’s Cup

Sports clubs from across the borough have benefited from a cash boost thanks to the Mayor’s Cup – the popular annual football tournament organised by the council.

The Mayor’s Cup aims to encourage more people to take part in physical activity and attracts sponsorship from local businesses, which is used to help community clubs continue the great work they do.

This year the council, with the help of local businesses, was able to hand out grants of £500 to fifteen organisations to support grassroots sport. The tournament took place last September and showcased local talent with more than more than 1,000 players in 70 teams taking part.

Clubs were invited to an awards ceremony on 12 February at the Town Hall to pick up their grants from Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit at the Town Hall.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “The Mayor’s Cup is extremely popular and I’m pleased the tournament supports grassroots clubs in Tower Hamlets. It’s important we encourage more youngsters to take up the game and be active, and these grants will help the football clubs widen their reach and attract new players.”

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit added: “It was inspiring to meet the hardworking people behind the sports clubs in the borough at the Mayor’s cup. Many clubs have very limited budgets so I’m delighted the tournament can help in this way. The grants allow us to show a little appreciation for the fantastic services clubs provide for our residents.”