Lycamobile Cup final – West Ham icons show their support
Tuesday 8th May saw the culmination of the Lycamobile Cup, which has this year seen over 600 schoolchildren aged from 11-13 battling it out to reach the finals.
The Lycamobile Cup, which has now been running for five years, was started to champion young footballing talent from local communities in east London and Essex and to encourage children to participate in sport. It forms part of the longstanding partnership between Lycamobile and West Ham United, and helps the two engage with communities and bring people together.
This year, West Ham icons Michail Antonio, Sam Byram and Josh Cullen, and Academy players Marcus Browne, Dan Kemp and Grady Diangana were watching on as St Edwards triumphed in the Under-12 competition and Heathcote in the Under-14.
West Ham United defender Sam Byram, who was excited to be overseeing the final and hoped to inspire the youngsters to carry on playing, said: “It’s great for the kids, especially, to come to the stadium and play on the pitch in a tournament like this. For the club to be involved, it shows we’re working in the community and helping the kids and the schools play in a good competition which is enjoyable for them.
“I watched the matches and the tournament was of a good standard, a lot better than when I remember being their age! It’s good fun watching them and seeing who looks a player and who’s done well."
“When I was younger I always looked forward to meeting professional players who came to events like this so I think it’ll definitely give them an encouraging boost to see that we’re watching and involved.”