Today, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation hosted the seventh annual Godwin Lawson Memorial Tournament at Frederick Knight Sports Ground in Tottenham and was attended by Luke Amos, an English professional footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, as a midfielder and Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for London.
The Tournament which celebrates the life of Godwin is held every year and was attended by over 80 young people representing clubs from all over London. Young people had the chance to meet Luke, who made his first team debut in Tottenham’s Premier League season opener at Newcastle this month, as he observed their skills and offered words of advice.
The tournament also gives an opportunity for Yvonne, her team and the community development team at Tottenham to educate young people about the consequences of gun crime and street violence
Luke said “Tournaments such as these are a fantastic way to use the power of sport to engage youngsters.”
Richard Allicock, Community Development Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We are proud to have supported the Godwin Lawson Memorial Tournament for the past seven years and, to date, over 500 local boys and girls have taken part in the tournament. It’s more important than ever for us to continue to organise events such as these to educate teenagers about the dangers of street violence and inspire them to lead rich, fulfilling lives and contribute to a safer community.”
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “Godwin Lawson was a young man full of promise and potential whose life was tragically cut short in an act of senseless violence. In the years since his death, his family have worked tirelessly to help keep young Londoners safe. At City Hall we have been working with the Godwin Lawson Foundation, along with community and grassroots groups across the capital, to help root out violence within our communities and give more young Londoners the skills, support and aspirations they need to turn away from crime and fulfil their potential.”