Wednesday, May 16, 2007
9 boys at Central Youth Club, Walker Street, Pythian Estate, Kensington have won a top BBC competition.
With the help of Tony Ealey of Eek Films Ltd (www.eekfilms.com) they made a short 30 second film, recreating a favourite moment from the FA cup in times gone by, a la Skinner and Baddiel, which they entered in the BBCs Sport Academy competition.
They chose Liverpool's Djimi Traore's own goal against Burnley in the third round of the Cup in 2005. (A bit of a strange choice given that most of them are Liverpool supporters....)
The film beat others from all over the country which is a fantastic achievement. If you have the right kind of software you can click on the title of this entry and go to the BBC website where you can view the film.
The judges said they particularly enjoyed the commentary!
The whole community is so proud of them, I dont know anyone who ever won a BBC competition. Truly amazing.
We had a presentation tonight where they all had a certificate from the club celebrating their achievement.
What was the prize? Well, that's the rub really. It was two tickets to the FA cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United on May 19th. You could argue that nobody in Liverpool would want to watch and support either, but of course the reality is very different. An FA cup final is a FA cup final and this is a historic one, being the first to be played in the new Wembley stadium.
But how do 9 boys use 2 tickets for a match in London?
Answer, you have to have a draw amongst the 9 and the lucky winner gets to take an adult with him who can supervise the journey and the day.
Guess who they asked to make this draw and thus become the most unpopular woman on the estate for 8 of the boys? Yup, yours truly. Wendy tried not to laugh as I was thrown to the wolves.
Well done boys, we are all immensely proud of you. I only wish there had been two tickets for every one of you, but at least you have the satisfaction of knowing that your film was the best in the country. Wendy said to Marie afterwards, the youth worker at the club, "It is so good to see kids doing great things and being so successful, people are so quick to judge all young people as yobs."
Do watch it, it is great