Emdad Rahman: In the week that Stepney Football club celebrated a historic milestone, Tower Hamlets councils Speaker, Councillor Lesley Pavitt popped in to say hello and inspire the young people who had braved the September showers to take part in weekly training.
The Speaker said: "I'm very glad that you are all out here enjoying yourselves and improving your fitness. Young people from Tower Hamlets are too tough to puff and if you all continue to work hard at your game you will all do very well in life."
Weekly training takes place at Haileybury Youth Centre and Councillor Pavitt and the team finished training to join in with the activities taking place at the centres annual fun day. Activities included a bouncy castle, gladiator jousts, cake making, popcorn, book stalls and ice cream.
Hamza, Councillor Pavitt's fellow West Ham fan said: "I was allowed to hold the Speakers chain. It's quite heavy and I think it cost a lot of money. I'm really happy she joined us for football today and even happier that like me she is a ‘Happy Hammer’.
"The gladiator game was really good fun and I took part in everything today. Thank you Haileybury Youth Centre."
Stepney FC are currently celebrating their 20th birthday. The senior team are current Inner London Football League champions and the club is a front runner in grassroots community engagement.
Team members Akik Miah, Afazul Hoque and Tarique Ahmed were recent guests on BBC radio where they talked about the importance of running community fitness programmes and how important it is to encourage everyone to participate.