Anita and Eddie are the co-founders of the Doverhouse Lions Football Club, based in Roehampton. They have worked tirelessly to form a dynamic and diverse football club that is open to everyone, regardless of skills or background.
The club was set up in 2006 in order to get young kids off the streets and into a family environment where they could develop football and life-skills. The Doverhouse Lions started with one team, who were entered into and won the Surrey Youth League. Since then they have grown from one team to a club with an Academy for kids aged 4-7 and teams from U8 to U18.
The Doverhouse Lions train on the Roehampton Playing Fields on Saturday mornings and play competitive matches there on Sunday. The fields are shared with the local community including Granard Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Elliott Secondary School, which enables the club to share its ambitions with local young people and to gain recognition as a worthwhile and fun out of school activity.
The Doverhouse Lions rely on volunteers to help the children down the right path and show that opportunities are available to them. Volunteer Des MacDonald started up a summer fun day for the community in 2011 which was a great success and is set to continue. Please see the new story here.