Lycamobile Cup final celebrations

West Ham United’s annual Lycamobile Cup enjoyed a fitting finale at the Boleyn Ground
West Ham United’s annual Lycamobile Cup enjoyed a fitting finale at the Boleyn Ground, as Skinners’ Academy of Hackney claimed the U14s title in front of a lively crowd of friends and family. 
With the Farewell Boleyn celebrations coming to a close against Manchester United last week, it was then the turn of local youngsters to take to the Hammers’ hallowed turf. 
Champions Skinner’s Academy, who edged out Heathcote School & Science College in a hard-fought final, were to share the limelight with the U12 victors; West Ham United Kicks team. 

The winners from Beckton, like their senior counterparts, came through a sudden-death penalty shootout to lift the coveted trophy, much to the delight of the crowd.
The Lycamobile Cup, which is now in its third year, forms part of the longstanding relationship between the world’s biggest international mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and West Ham United.
The mobile operator giant supports the Hammers’ Foundation and grass roots community football. 

West Ham United Foundation Chief Executive, Joseph Lyons, was delighted with how the partnership had progressed and how it was still inspiring local people: “This tournament is getting bigger and better every year.” he confirmed. “It’s not often that youngsters get the opportunity to play at the home of their local Club and to be one of the last to play at the Boleyn Ground will be something they’ll never forget.

“To grace a Premier League pitch and be cheered on by their family and friends is something that does not come around too often. 

“That opportunity would not have been possible were it not for the fantastic partnership we have with Lycamobile, as well as the support we have received from the Club.” 

Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of Lycamobile added, “The event and indeed our ongoing partnership has been a huge success. It’s very important that Lycamobile plays a part in the local community and keeping kids engaged through these types of programmes is a great way for us to show our support.”  
The annual event has seen a dramatic increase in participation since its inception and Foundation Community Sports Officer and tournament organiser George Chukwuma could not hide his joy: “Having seen this tournament achieve such great success over the last two years, we’re delighted with how everything has progressed this time around. We’ve got old faces and new faces and it’s fantastic to see!

“With the help of Lycamobile, we have been able to continue to inspire kids and reach out where we have not before. The participants have been an absolute credit to their schools and they should be extremely proud.”