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Axis Donates to Senrab

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Axis and the Axis Foundation are supporting a small grass-roots football club with a massive history.

During Senrab Football Club’s 54 years of training 5 – 17 year olds in Tower Hamlets, East London, it has produced a host of Premier League players – 29 of whom have played for England, including stars such as John Terry, Sol Campbell, Ledley King and Jermain Defoe.

In addition to its impressive ability to cultivate talent, the club plays an important role in the local community where unfortunately gang culture and youth crime rates are high. It helps tackle anti-social behaviour and exclusion by providing over 300 young people with the focused and productive output of weekly training sessions and matches.

Despite its talent rich past and previous help from some of the famous players the club has produced, its existence is being threatened due to increasing costs for training facilities and equipment. The club’s plight was brought to Axis attention by their housing client, Tower Hamlets Homes, who found out teams were being cut to make ends meet and suggested the partnership’s joint community investment programme could help.

Axis has strong links to the East London area and the club’s focus on youth development appeals to the Axis Foundation’s ethos and this is why, this year, the £2,000 funding was agreed in order for the club to purchase four full kits for the club’s 11-a-side and junior teams. Two of the kits were donated by Axis Europe and the other two were given by the Axis Foundation.

A second surprise for the teams receiving the gifted kit was that the Axis Foundation’s Patron and former Premier League manager turned TV pundit, Alan Curbishley, visited the grounds to present the donation.

By coincidence, Alan, whose football career also saw him playing professionally for West Ham United, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and Brighton, was another of the clubs beneficiaries – training and playing with them from 1970-1972. Alan said: “Senrab was a big deal for me when I was younger. They helped keep a lot of youngsters out of trouble in that area and they still do that now. I’m really happy to be a part of an organisation that is supporting something that made a big difference to my life and I hope Senrab continues to do their fantastic work with the community”.

The Axis Foundation Chairman, Peter Varney commented: “You can’t deny this small club’s history is of huge significance, but we’re particularly interested in its future and helping it to continue by providing opportunities to underprivileged children”.

Former Senrab players include

  • John Terry
  • Alan Curbishley
  • Ledley King
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Fitz Hall
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Ray Wilkins
  • Lee Bowyer
  • Paul Konchesky
  • Jlloyd Samuels




In the above picture Alan Curbishley is seen with four other team mates wearing their England Schoolboy’s caps, all of whom went on to play for England or top league teams such as Chelsea and Manchester United F.C.

From T-B, L-R: Jimmy Scanlon, Tommy Langley, Manager John Jacobs, John Sparrow, Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins.

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