Hackney charity Skyway celebrates a decade of achievement - and still going strong

A Hackney charity, best known for its football tournament which breaks down gang barriers and gets young people involved in sport, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday.

SkyWay started in 2002 with Teenage Kicks, and now provides young people in the borough with alternatives to gang culture through sport, media, health advice and mentoring.

SkyWay helped more than 2,500 young people last year and many young people who have come through its programmes now work as sports coaches and youth workers.

Young people and community members attended a celebration of its achievements at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston Lane on Friday.

The charity runs initiatives like the Blue Hut centre, which allows young people to be in charge of what they want to do.

It also runs a successful enterprise arm and is launching a new project called ‘Grow SkyWay’ which aims to reconnect young people to their communities through gardening.