Les Ferdinand Presentation
Friday 10 August at the Old Oak Centre
Les Ferdinand will give a short presentation to the local Old Oak FC football team at the Old Oak Centre and give an award to Damien Burke, who coached this team and achieved great results by winning the regional finals of a 'Your Game 2007', five-a-side competition. It took place at The Linford Christie Stadium 29th June 2007. This ran on the 29th June and the Old Oak Team, to their surprise took the tournament by storm, winning all their matches and qualifying for the National Finals in Manchester! 'Your Game 2007' competition was organized by the BBC and The Football Foundation.

Damien Burke, 24 year old local East Action boy, has lived on the Old Oak Estate for 15 years and was working once a week at a local Primary School running an after-school football club. Damian was desperate to gain employment in sports coaching but had been unemployed since he left school at the age of 16.

He was referred to Active Planet, local not-for-profit social enterprise organisation via the Millennium Volunteers scheme expressing interest in sports coaching with children and young people, especially on his estate. Damien was interviewed and signed up to a 10 week Sports Coaching NEETS course (Not in Employment, Education or Training) . This course was run in conjunction with The Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre and targeted 16 young people aged 16-25. Through the course Damien completed his Community Sports Leaders Award, FA Level One, FA Futsal Level One, First Aid, Child Protection Training and 100 hours Millennium Volunteer Certificate.

The BBC website link below will allow access to the story about The Old Oak FC Team attending Your Game 2007 Finals:

presentation will take place Friday 10 August at 12pm - 1pm.
Venue details:
Old Oak Centre
76 Braybrook St
London, W12 0AP

Some of the local Councillors such as Belinda Donovan, Harry Phibbs and Greg Smith will attend. We also invited the BBC/YourGame journalist to be part of this short presentation and a photographer from the local Hammersmith & Fulham Council Press will be present.

Active Planet Team
Les Ferdinand at Old Oak
Friday 10 August at the Old Oak Centre

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