Football development

Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League 2020/21 to return in April 2021

Following the Government’s announcement regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions, this means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children.

The FA will work with the Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as they can.

The FA has also confirmed that the 2020/21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so.

As a result, the Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League is happy to announce that the league will return Saturday 3 April to complete the 2020/21 season competition.

See more information on current guidelines, including permitted activity.

Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League tackles Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal Football Club

Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League (HMSYFL) is one of the largest grassroots football leagues in London. All of the games are played at the iconic home of grassroots football Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green throughout the football season.

As a part of the Council’s football development programme the league aims to put in place opportunities for the coaches and players within the league whereby they are able to engage with many different facets of the global football industry.

An example of this was an hour-long recorded interview with Emile Smith Rowe, a young emerging and talented professional football player from Arsenal Football Club, which took place Saturday 22 August 2020.

The format of the interview focused on 12 players from the HMSYFL who had been given the chance via a competition to tackle Emile Smith Rowe with questions on the subject of his career and the world of a young professional footballer.

During the interview 9 of the questions were put to Emile by Michael Cole, the Football Development Officer for the Council. Prior to the interview Emile also chose the top 3 questions from the 12 players.

The 3 selected players were excited to be given the opportunity to join the interview to ask their questions directly to Emile. They were also lucky enough to win the following prizes:

  • 1st prize / best question – a signed Emile Smith Rowe Arsenal shirt/ £100 Nike voucher and an Arsenal Stadium tour for 4
  • 2nd prize / second best question – £75.00 Nike voucher and Arsenal FC Stadium tour for 3
  • 3rd prize / third best question – £25.00 Nike voucher and Arsenal FC Stadium tour for 3

On behalf of the league we would like to say a huge thanks to Emile for taking the time to join us and play his part in creating a great experience for the 3 young players.​

Page updated on: 29 March 2021