Maiden City Soccer Academy will host its first ever Diversity World Cup tournament at St Columb’s Park Astro Turf pitch this weekend.
The five-aside competition has been set up to encourage the development of relationships between different ethnic groups in the city.
Involving 20 teams made up of young people from all backgrounds in the city, the tournament will be played on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st.
Teams will include representatives from the local Chinese, Sikh, Muslim and Eastern European communities.
Participants must be aged 15 years-old or above with 10 teams in each category.
The tournament is aimed at giving young people a greater understanding of the issues surrounding equality and diversity.
There will also be a series of talks and presentations over the two days addressing the lack of provision and opportunity for ethnic minorities and other groups in the area to play football and improve participation levels in sport.
“The Diversity World Cup will provide an avenue for people to develop relations with ethnic groups within the city while giving young people a better understanding of the issues surrounding equality and diversity,” said a Maiden City spokesperson.
“This event is open to all sections of our community. So come along and sample the cultural atmosphere. “Participate in a skills session or enjoy the inflatable bouncy castle etc, which will be open to children of all ages.”
The 20 participating teams will be split into four groups of five.
Every team will play each team in their respective group twice.
The four group winners after the two days will then meet in the semi-finals.
And the final and third place play-off will be played on Sunday at 3.30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session regarding issues surrounding diversity.
For more information please call Paul on 07971191054 or John on 07746243728.