From the Grounds Up | Ep. 1: Hackney Wick FC
After being released from prison in 2015, Bobby Kasanga decided to change his life and his community through football.
“I wanted to keep the kids off the streets, keep them occupied, and give them a path,” Bobby says. So he gave his community something it never had before: it’s own football club.
Bobby founded @hackneywickfc with the help and support of Hackney’s residents. The club has grown from one men’s team, to nearly two dozen teams for men, women and youth in less than five years. The club played its first-ever FA Cup game last season.
“Football is my passion, it’s my world,” says Bobby. “And we’ve only been going for four years. What more can we achieve? What more can we produce? What other players can we have here?”