Follow the footsteps of football star Jadon Sancho on his new Nike pitch

Follow the footsteps of big star Jadon Sancho on his new Nike pitch

Jadon Sancho has helped with the launch of a new football pitch in south east London in the hopes of inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Sancho, who was born in Camberwell and raised in Kennington, has teamed up with sponsors Nike to help provide south east London’s rising young footballers with better facilities and improve the community.

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Sancho, the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger, began his youth career with Watford, before moving to Manchester City where he grew frustrated by a lack of first-team action and decided to move to Germany in 2017. This move did him very good. He now is an international for the England squad. His dream came true. With his early steps in his career, Jadon Sancho, now is a popular player for the youngsters of England.

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The story of Jadon Sancho back in the days

“Growing up in Kennington has made me the man I am today; I owe a lot to South London for nurturing the way I play,” Sancho said. There’s something special in South East London. Not only the football but also the people. Without it, my journey wouldn’t have been the same. I definitely wouldn’t be the player that I am today. Kennington is home and I will always scream South East. It taught me so much and it’s an incredible feeling. To be able to give something back to the community here is great. Football is everything here. Growing up here it’s all I ever wanted to do. I remember linking up after school to play ball around the estate or in the ages, trying to nutmeg next man. To play for England and representing South East London on the biggest stage is a dream come true. I hope this pitch can provide a safe place for the kids. To play and to keep them away from some of the distractions that surround them. Above all, to achieve their dreams.

The urgency of the Nike pitch

Lambeth Tigers, a football club for young people between the ages of six and 18, are the team who have been rewarded with the improved pitch.

David Marriott and Jamahl Jarrett both grew up on a nearby estate and the two coaches helped with the founding of the club and described the pitch as ‘sanctuary for kids’.

“There’s a real need for safe places for these kids to play in,” says Jarrett.

“A pitch like this is like a sanctuary for kids, encouraging them to get into football in a safe environment. The cool, bright design is also like a magnet — it’s a place where people will want to get out and play.”

The Tigers will use the pitch all year to help enable football programming and provide regular opportunities to more than 300 young players in the community through coaching, workshops and training.

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