More than 14 community and faith groups from all over Cardiff are coming together to celebrate friendship through football. The Cardiff City Supporters Trust’s Community 5-a-side Tournament hopes to promote discussion and understanding across the diverse communities of the capital city.
The tournament takes place on SundayOctober 19th, at the Gôl Centre in Leckwith with kick off at 11 a.m. The event marks the start of Show Racism the Red Card’s two weeks of action which sees supporters, professional football clubs and players working together to make racism a thing of the past across Europe.
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Supporters Trust’s chosen charity, the local children’s hospice, Ty Hafan.
Tim Hartley, Chair of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, said, “Cardiff has always been proud of its diversity and the way people from very different backgrounds all live peacefully together. There is so much more in this city which unites rather than divides us. This tournament is a great way to bring together through football men and women who might otherwise never have met while raising money for a very important cause.”
Ali Abdi, Youth and Community Worker, said: “I know the teams from our diverse communities in Cardiff are looking forward to coming together not only for football but to also raise money for Ty Hafan. One young person from the Somali community, Ibby Abdi, who attends St.Davids Catholic College, has won a prize to donate £500 to charity. After reading how they provide comfort, care and support to life-limited children he has selected Ty Hafan and Ibby will be commended during the tournament for his generous contribution.”
Paul Fisher at Tŷ Hafan said: “The Dads’ group at Tŷ Hafan is delighted to be taking part in this exciting project to bring communities together. Many of the dads have found a sense of shared community through football and other activities so appreciate what a great opportunity this is. We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as a beneficiary for the raised funds and thank all those taking part.”