New Hyde League a “brilliant concept” by the Jason Roberts Foundation

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 January 2016

The Hyde League, in association with the Jason Roberts Foundation, began in Stonebridge on Saturday

The Hyde League, in association with the Jason Roberts Foundation, began in Stonebridge on Saturday


More than 500 people were in attendance at the opening ceremony of the Hyde League in Stonebridge on Saturday.

QPR served up a four-goal thriller with Crystal Palace in the opening fixture at the PavilionQPR served up a four-goal thriller with Crystal Palace in the opening fixture at the Pavilion

The league, which will also help offer employment and volunteering opportunities in various sectors of the game, is designed to bridge the gap between grassroots and academy/league football.

All of the teams taking part in the league were introduced to the crowd at the Pavilion, these including QPR in the Community Trust, and the Crystal Palace and Michael Bruce academy.

The opening game saw QPR take on Palace, with the Premier League outfit fighting back on two occasions to salvage a 2-2 draw late on.

In the first Under-16 match of the league the Jason Roberts Foundation lost out in a seven-goal thriller to Sports Strive Elite on Sunday, while the Urban Education Football Academy 16-18 age group lost 3-0 to the Colin Kazim-Richards Academy.

Sunday’s game of the day saw the Michael Bruce Academy get the better of the Nigel James equivalent in a hard-fought encounter.

Bruce, a scout for Premier League giants Arsenal, watched his side come out victorious by two goals to one in a high quality encounter.

Several scouts came on both Saturday and Sunday, casting an eye over the talent on show.

Brent MP Dawn Butler was also at the opening ceremony and gave her verdict on the new league, saying: “It’s a really good way to interact with the community.

“There’s obviously a big focus on football and developing players – hence why it is a development league.

“But it isn’t just about that. It’s about the stuff around the game too, be that the media, coaching, refereeing, commercial or physiotherapy.

“It gives a real drive and focus to the young people in the area. It’s a brilliant concept and I’m delighted that this has finally come about.

“It’s good for everyone, the youngsters and the older people too. Once the word spreads that this is happening, you’ll never get a shortage of people turning out in force for the league.

“It’s not just about Stonebridge, it’s about the whole of Brent.”

The league will continue on a fortnightly basis on Sundays at the JRF’s Pavilion base in Stonebridge.

For more information on the league, visit their website at or email

In addition to this, a new website will be launching this week, specifically aimed at the Hyde League.

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

5 minutes ago

Greelands Lane club lost at home to UCS Old Boys last weekend


Rs led by two at the break after goals from Massimo Luongo and Ebere Eze


Middlesex batsman Max Holden admitted it felt special to score his first century for the club at Lord’s on Wednesday.

48 minutes ago

A reward of £10,000 is being offered for information into the 2013 disappearance of Kilburn man Robert Duff – who police believe may have been murdered.

Yesterday, 21:38

Sky Bet Championship: Queens Park Rangers 2 (Luongo 30, Eze 32) Milwall 0

Yesterday, 20:07

Max Holden completed a maiden first-class century in Middlesex colours on a day when he and another of the county’s bright young things shone against Derbyshire at Lord’s.

Yesterday, 16:00

Rs are unbeaten in their last three league games after seeing displays pick up

Yesterday, 15:55

A woman has been rushed to hospital after being struck by a bus in Wembley.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now