Youth activists from a charity backed by one of the Premier League’s biggest stars, have launched a petition calling for a revamp of a football facility in South London. Brixton’s Angell Town Estate was the focus of a two-minute campaign film created by FBB TV, a youth-led channel supported by the charity Football Beyond Borders.
The film was produced by the organisation’s Youth Leadership Team with funding from Comic Relief Local Communities Fund, Peter Minet Trust and the People’s Postcode Trust.
Football Beyond Borders, who recently announced Arsenal star Santi Cazorla as its patron, is a beneficiary of the Evening Standard’s London United campaign. They are currently leading a drive to improve the quality of South London’s grassroots football facilities.
Brixton resident Timon Dixon and a collective of young campaigners (aged 15-21) are urging Lambeth Council to carry out a full renovation of a rundown pitch located on the Angell Town estate.
They say the pitch is currently an unsafe to place to play due to holes in its surface and its fence enclosure, faulty floodlights and metal benches installed on its sidelines.
Angell Town housing estate is at the heart of rapidly gentrifying Brixton, but some of its younger residents feel they are not seeing the benefits. They have called on local leaders to make the estate’s football pitch safer for residents to play on.
Timon who launched the petition on Change.org said: “In South London, many areas are deprived of a safe and sustainable place to play football. We are campaigning to change this.
“Having lived here for over a decade I grew up with poor facilities and was forced to make the best out of it. I want to change this for the younger generation in my community.”
To support Football Beyond Borders campaign visit https://www.change.org/p/lambeth-council-refurbish-the-angell-town-football-pitch