Dollis Hill’s Liberal Democrat councillors, Javaid Ashraf, Jack Beck and Alison Hopkins have thanked other Brent councillors for expressing support for community football club Luke’s Lions FC.
The Dollis Hill-based club was renamed Luke’s Lions in memory of local resident Luke Fitzpatrick. Luke was a founder member of the club who was shockingly murdered in Dollis Hill in May this year. Since Luke’s murder, members of the club have worked hard to expand the club to incorporate under-16 boys and girls teams in an attempt to give local young people a positive alternative to hanging out on the streets.
Local councillor Alison Hopkins said:
Luke’s murder was a dreadful event which has left his family and those who knew him with a lifetime of hurt. I am inspired by the way his friends at the football club have worked to create a positive legacy out of such a tragic incident.
We hope to be able to give them some assistance through our ward working fund. They deserve our backing.
The motion agreed at last week’s full meeting of Brent Council reads:
Luke’s Lions FC
Council recalls with sadness the shocking murder of Luke Fitzpatrick in Dollis Hill in May.
Council congratulates the members of Luke’s Lions FC – a football club of which Luke Fitzpatrick was a founder member and which his teammates have renamed in his memory – on their efforts to create a positive legacy out of this tragic event, and in particular on their plans to expand the club to incorporate under-16 boys and girls teams.
Council applauds the club’s intention to engage with young people who might otherwise slip into anti-social behaviour and crime and provide them with clear objectives and physical activity.