Teams come together to remember teenagers death four years on

Godwin Lawson was stabbed in March 2010

Godwin Lawson was stabbed in March 2010

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Football teams from across London came together to take part in a tournament in memory of teenager who was stabbed to death.

Godwin Lawson, from Enfield, died in March 2010 and his mother, Yvonne, has since set up a foundation in her son’s name to stop knife crime amongst young people.

A talented footballer, the foundation hosted its fourth annual football tournament in a bid to use sport to keep young people off the streets.

Held at the Frederick Knight Sports Ground, in Willoughby Lane, Tottenham, the foundation welcomed clubs from across the capital as well as Oxford United, the team Godwin had played for, and his former school, St Ignatius School, in Turkey Street, Enfield.

The foundation created last year its first ‘peace ambassadors’ as a way of mentoring teenagers into becoming role models for future generations.

Now hoping to do that again, Mrs Lawson has teamed up Tottenham Hotspur to help supply the course once more.

She said: "It is amazing to see so many football teams come down here in the name of Godwin to help try and make a difference.

"Out of something so dark and terrible, something beautiful has emerged and I am proud to do this in the name of my son."

As well as playing football, the day also saw a workshop with the foundation and talks from police and Mrs Lawson.

Nikki Kelly, employment and skills manager at Tottenham Hotspur, said: "This is a fantastic cause and we are very happy to team up with the foundation and help with the peace ambassadors programme."

Mrs Lawson added: "I am so happy that Spurs are getting involved, funding is tight for us so to have someone like this continuing to show their support is fantastic."

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