Callington and Afghan United win Exeter City FC community tournaments
Callington and Afghan United were the winners in Exeter City’s community football tournament held on Sunday (3 July), with nearly 200 local players taking part in the event at University of Exeter’s Streatham Sports Complex.
Callington won the women’s competition, winning every match they played. They beat Tedburn St. Mary-based Inter M’Ladies 5-1 in the final, after Callington defeated the All Blacks from South Devon 2-1 and Inter edged out Buckland by the same scoreline in the semi-finals.
In the men’s competition, Afghan United became the first team to win the title three times, having previously won the tournament in 2008 and 2009. They beat Kurdish side Azad Turkan 9-1 in the final, following an 8-2 victory over Heavitree in the semi-final. Azad progressed to the final after beating Exeter side Head Girls 3-2 after extra time.
The five-a-side competition was organised by Exeter City Supporters Trust’s One Game One Community Group and Exeter City’s Football in the Community team.
The tournament, now in its 12th season, encourages participation from local community teams and especially black and minority ethnic players. The event attracts players from many different parts of the world and this year saw Trinidad and Tobago, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Ivory Coast and Nigeria amongst those represented. Devon’s gay friendly team, the Devon Lions, also took part.
The tournament was officially launched by Exeter’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Holland. He was joined by University of Exeter Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Mark Goodwin, Exeter City Chairman Julian Tagg, Exeter City Club Director and Supporters Trust Trustee Paul Farley and Exeter City’s One Game One Community first team ambassador Ollie Watkins.
Kick It Out were supporters of the tournament alongside the University of Exeter, Devon FA, Tesco, Exeter City Football Club Football in the Community and Exeter City Supporters Trust.
Martin Weiler, from the One Game One Community Group, was delighted with the event: “This was our biggest ever tournament and once again a flagship for diversity and equality.”