Camden United is a football club that’s been set up to bring the community together, offer open and accessible sessions and address mental health issues. It is the brainchild of born-and-raised Camdeners, Hafid Ali and Abdulaziz Munye (both 25), who know all too well the adversities some Camden youth face, and they are determined to make a change.
Football is always what has connected them to their community and neighbourhood. The reason for this is simple – it was easy to access when they were growing up. Hafid explains, “My mum wouldn’t have let me play football if it was £5 a session … £2 even!” Given that it now costs roughly £10 at some football clubs to play a single game, they wanted to find a way to make sure everyone could still play, without the financial burden.
“We know how it feels growing up in council estates, single parent households … it’s tough for parents, we just want to make it accessible to them,” says Hafid.