The Thamesmead Community Fund is continuing to support charities, groups and individuals in Thamesmead who deliver
social and cultural activities that bring the community together.

More than 20 years ago Bernard Amankwah organised for a group of local friends to play football at Crossway Park. This regular kick about led to him starting Football for All @ Thamesmead, and now more than 200 adults and children take part in football-based keep-fit activities every week.

To help develop and grow the scheme Bernard applied to the Thamesmead Community Fund. His application was very well received by Peabody’s resident panel, and he was awarded £2,000. This new funding is enabling Football for All to send suitable individuals within the group to attend referee training and First Aid courses.

Bernard said: “It’s refreshing to know that part of the funds will be allocated to training individuals to be FA qualified referees. This will strongly enhance the quality of our football activities at Birchmere Park. Investing in people is certainly the way forward.”

The funding will also be spent on purchasing new equipment, improving the experience of all those who attend the sessions.
The next Thamesmead Community Fund application round is running from Monday, 4 October and closes on Friday, 22 October. There will also be an online Q&A session at 5pm on Tuesday, October 12 to answer any questions you might have. Email: [email protected] if you'd like to attend.