As World Cup fever grips the borough the town hall will become engulfed by a sea of national flags representing each of the 32 competing nations as primary school children and local councillors come together to show their solidarity.
Young people from Jessop Primary School will join local councillors as they raise a cheer for the teams they will be supporting at the World Cup – which kicks off on Friday (11 June).
The children have been busy preparing the flags they will wave in support of the countries they will be backing at this year’s tournament. They will be joined by Councillor Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service, and Councillor Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Communities on Monday (7 June).
Lilian Umekwe, Headteacher at Jessop Primary School, said: “The children are extremely excited about the World Cup because this links with their involvement in The Lambeth Football League and other competitive sports. This is an excellent way for them to get into the spirit of the tournament. They have researched on the internet about the countries participating and have printed the flags of all the counties involved in the games in South Africa.”
Councillor Robbins, added: “We want to get behind the England football team as they attempt to lift the greatest prize in world football and wish the host nation, South Africa, all the best as the tournament gets underway. Hopefully we’ll soon be celebrating a magnificent double – lifting the World Cup 2010 and celebrating winning the bid to host the 2018 World Cup here in England.”
Lambeth Council has provided support to schools, libraries, businesses, and the wider community to organise activities and events which mark the FIFA 2010 World Cup. This included the promotion of South Africa’s history, culture, and development. The Lambeth World Cup will also kick off over the school holidays as part of the council’s holiday activity programme. The event is a highlight of the school holiday activity programme and brings together hundreds of children and young people from across the borough.