Project information

5-a-Side Football Tournament

This annual tournament held in the spring, brings together teams from all over the borough of Wandsworth in a lively and competitive day in Battersea Park. It is open to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 16 from local youth clubs and groups.

One day in the Spring

Charity information: Battersea Summer Scheme

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  • Need


    Battersea Summer Scheme primarily operates during the school summer holidays when many young have no activities or opportunities to keep them occupied. They often have absent parents and the street becomes their playground which is where many problems arise. Boredom and poverty are a dangerous combination. and with a lack of positive direction many of the young turn to crime or become victims of crime. Gang culture is high in the borough and cultural and locality issues create many problems.


    By giving young people in the borough an activity to train towards and eventually to compete in it will motivate them to organise and attend traing sessions. This will help keep them occupied and away from trouble. The tournament itself is a competitve day out with medals for all attending and trophies for the winners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver a top quality five a side football tournament for the local underprivileged young people


    » Organise and deliver the tournament

    What success will look like

    Attendance of approximately 26 teams of both boys and girls usually attend our annual event.

  • Impact


    The tournament has been running successfully since 2002 and is part of the club's football fixtures list. During the tournament we advertise our flagship event, Sport in the Park which helps boost attendance at this important event in the summer.


    The weather could cause the tournament to be cancelled but historically this has never happened.


    We produce an annual report of all our activities which is sent to all donors. We are active on Facebook and Twitter and further information and photographs can be found on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £380 Insurance Public liability insurance
      £300 Referees Subsidised by Chelsea Football Club
      £1,360 Venue Hire of Football pitches in Battersea Park
      £460 Prizes Medals and trophies
  • Background


    The tournament is held on the astro turf football pitches in Battersea Park.


    Battersea Summer Scheme provides summer activities and opportunities for underprivileged young people in Battersea and Balham. These are areas suffering from severe deprivation within the worst 5% of need in the country, with the worst statistics for health, educational achievement, crime (particularly relating to drug use and abuse) and ‘at risk’ children in the borough. There is high unemployment, overcrowding and households lacking in amenities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been running this tournament since 2002 and it is a well respected eagerly anticipated event in the local clubs and groups footbal fixtures diary.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Vanessa Wride

    Administrator for Battersea Summer Scheme