The Inner London Football League has done exceptional work over the past ten years engaging people, especially the young in football. ILFL worked with thousands of of people to develop their sporting talents and has contributed to healthy living. It is a fantastic achievement that ILFL has worked with some fifty different nationalities and especially the Bangladeshi community to support the sporting talent in our diverse city and has helped build social cohesion.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the founders, committee members, volunteers and supporters for their hard work and wish them every success for the future.
To run an organisation which attracts over 1000 people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds on a weekly basis must be a very tough job but to do it on a voluntary basis is a testament of the hard work and dedication of the Inner London Football League's Management Committee both past and present.
Football is not only a universal sport but it also brings together people from so many different backgrounds. It is a fact, especially in London highlighted by regular media reports of the social issues our capital faces with territorial disputes, crime, drugs and other antisocial behaviour.
The ILFL has made a massive contribution in bringing the community from different postcodes, faiths and backgrounds together to address these issues and making the community a better place to live and work in. I hope that the ILFL continues its good work to sustain this league for the foreseeable future.