Participants of the Chelsea Foundation's Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) project competed in a volleyball tournament against other representatives from top-flight clubs recently.
The tournament followed a successful February half-term, which saw 20 young people qualify as volleyball Young Leader Coaches. A further 24 youngsters also qualified as Young Officials in the sport.
The qualifications were awarded ahead of the tournament, which saw 56 youths from a range of London community schemes represent Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham in their attempts to be crowned champions.
In total, seven boys' teams and seven girls' teams were invited to compete in the London Invitational Volleyball Cup 2012; organised by the Chelsea Foundation.
Zak Wooster, PL4S manager said: 'The tournament has been brilliant. The build-up saw keen young people learning the basics of what it takes to coach before gaining officiating accreditation. The hard work from these courses was then combined to host the competition on the final day which was great fun for all involved.'
Chelsea Foundation coach Rees Warren organised the event and added: 'The courses were really good fun and all the young people gained lots of experience and skills. It was fantastic to see so many young people playing in the competition, the future looks promising with London 2012 so close now!'
Claire Roche was one of the girls competing in the Chelsea Foundation side, and the 14-year-old was pleased with the event: 'I've enjoyed playing competitively against other teams as I got to put my skills to the practice. It's good having team players as referees as they are our own age so easier to get along with too. I really like playing for Chelsea in matches as well.'
The tournament had two sections to accommodate for boys and girls. The girls' winners on the day were the Arsenal Foundation with the West Ham Community Sports Trust winning the boys' section.