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Eleven – celebrating the importance of grassroots football in London

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 10:30

UEFA Euro 2020 is well underway and to celebrate the Museum of London, in partnership with the Greater London Authority, has created a film – Eleven – celebrating the importance of grassroots football in London. This brand-new film is currently being screened in the London Ellipse Hall and can be booked by clients wishing to inject some Euro 2020 fever into their events!

Ged & Christine Walker

Image credit: © Sebastian Nevols

The origins of football are entrenched in the history of the city with the earliest recording of a game of football documented in London and The Football Association formed in the capital in 1863. This legacy continues today with several of the world’s leading football clubs located in London.

Fleur Cousens

Image credit: © Sebastian Nevols

The film highlights eleven personal stories of Londoners to create a contemporary London line-up and highlight the empowering nature of the ‘beautiful game’. The film captures a range of stories from Globe Rangers in Walthamstow to St. Matthew’s Project in Brixton, from the first Black Londoner to ever play football for England, Benjamin Odeje, to founder of Goal Diggers, Fleur Cousens, who created a team accessible to all women and non-binary people.

Benjamin Odeje

Image credit: © Sebastian Nevols

As the Museum of Londoners, the film focuses on the local heroes, from the referees and groundkeepers who keep the teams going to those finding rehabilitation and community through football.

Joe Manners

Image credit: © Sebastian Nevols

With the Museum of London now available to hire for daytime events on a Monday and Tuesday until Spring 2022, it means clients hosting events at the museum on these days will have the option to add an exclusive viewing of the film to their event programme. For more information, please contact venuehire@museumoflondon.org.uk . And if you'd like a sneak peek of the film - check out the trailer here.