Olympic torch comes to Tower Hamlets councillor’s football project at Hackney Marches

A football tournament aimed at bringing together different communities and improving relations between residents and the police will this year be visited by the Olympic torch.

The pioneering grassroots competition, now in its tenth year, is the brainchild of St Dunstan and Stepney Green Cllr Abdal Ullah, who is a member of the London Metropolitan Police Authority.

This year 72 teams and thousands of spectators are expected to attend the event on Sunday, April 29 at Hackney Marshes.

Cllr Ullah said: “We have officially become one of the biggest grassroots football events in London. We gained support from FA and it was an honour to be one of the projects that were highlighted during England’s FIFA World Cup 2018 bid.

“As a special surprise Olympic sponsors Coca Cola will this year be bringing the Olympic torch for four hours.”

The FA Community Shield will also be on display from 10am to 3pm, while Liverpool FC’s first team doctor will offer health tips.

It is promised that the final, following the knock-out event, will be played at a prestigious London football ground.

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