This evening our brand new partners for the next campaign that starts in the Isthmian League Premier Division in August, have assembled a football side. They will be taking on a staff team from our next door neighbours from East Dulwich Sainsbury's, which kicks off at sometime around 6.30pm.
East Dulwich Sainsbury's has been working to support the Copleston Centre, and it is now our turn to take on the mantle, with Dulwich Hamlet Football Club inviting them to be our Official Charity Partner for the whole of next season.
Mishi Morath, Football Committee member for Community Initiatives, explained:
"This is our third season now of working with local groups. We started off with Cooltan Arts, local mental health charity, based on the Walworth Road. Then last year had a wonderful season with the much more higher profile, but still local, Football Beyond Borders, who use football as an educational tool to encourage youngsters to develop their life skills. And now we are really going back to our local roots, by working with the Copleston Centre, who are a proverbial stones throw from Champion Hill, being based just the other side of Dog Kennel Hill, past the East Dulwich Estate."
Dulwich Hamlet Football Committee Chairman Liam Hickey concluded:
"It's a perfect fit for our Club. They are local and at the heart of the local community, just like us. They will bring new ideas and impetus to all of our activities, and I am sure all of our fans, and as always our Supporters' Trust, will be fully behind whatever work we do with the Copleston Centre over the forthcoming season."
We spoke to the Vicar & the Chair of Trustees, Rev. Paul Collier, and asked him about some of the good work they do:
"The Copleston Centre is a multi-purpose community centre on the border of Peckham and East Dulwich. We serve the local community, striving to identify the needs of the whole community and helping to meet them. So much goes on at the Centre - it is busy everyday of the week - but our main strands of activity are around mental health, activities for young people, and activities for older people. We also host the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers every Tuesday. Please support our programme of community activities and events, and help maintain our ageing building."
The bar is open tonight, and admission is by donation. Every penny raised goes directly to support the work of the Copleston Centre. So why not pop down to Champion Hill tonight, for the first event of our link-up with them?
Updated 15:28 - 9 May 2017 by Liam Hickey