Schoolboy honoured to present the Queen with football shirt

First published in Times Series: Photograph of the Author by

A schoolboy says it was an honour to meet the Queen and present her with a football shirt from his local club.

Nine-year-old Suhail Kassamali handed Her Majesty a Belmont United Youth Football Club shirt at yesterday’s Royal visit to Krishna Avanti School in Camrose Avenue, Edgware.

Suhail, who studies at Stanburn Junior School and Stanmore Kumon Study Centre, said: "It was such an honour to meet The Queen and to present her with her own Belmont football shirt. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

“She seemed really pleased with her gift and we even saw it taken into one of her cars so hopefully she will take it back to the palace.”

His Royal Highness asked Belmont’s coach, Moe Kassamali about the club and its sponsors Stanmore Kumon Study Centre.

Explaining after the event Suhail’s father, Mr Kassamali, said: “At Belmont we instil the belief in all our players that football is not just a sport, it is an education and they are developing important skills that they will also use off the pitch.

“There are so many parallels between Kumon and football including the importance of regular practice and the development of self-motivation and concentration. We both aim to nurture confident children who can contribute to the Harrow community.

“I am so happy that my son can benefit from both disciplines. His Royal Highness said we were doing excellent work, which was wonderful to hear.”


Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree