Exeter City to celebrate diversity with international football tournament
League Two side Exeter City is holding a special football tournament with a distinctively international flavour.
The club will once again celebrate diversity in the local community when its ninth annual summer 5 a-side tournament takes place this Sunday (9 June).
The competition encourages participation from local black and minority ethnic teams and attracts players from many different parts of the world. Past winners include sides representing Poland, Slovakia, Afghanistan and Lithuania.
The tournament has been organised by Exeter’s One Game, One Community Group and is being supported by the University of Exeter, who are hosting the event, Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon FA, Exeter City Supporters’ Trust, Exeter City ‘Football in the Community’ Trust and Tesco.
Also helping to put on the competition have been members of Open Space International FC. The new club, which involves players from previous One Game, One Community tournaments, have just played their first season in the Devon and Exeter League.
“The tournament is not only a very enjoyable day but as Open Space International has shown it can be a building block towards regular League football,” said Suaad Genem George, from the tournament organising group.
The tournament, which takes place at the University’s Streatham sports complex, will be launched at 10am by Mark Overton, University deputy vice-chancellor. Guests from Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Exeter City FC will also be there.
As well as the main trophy the players will compete for the Fran Jenkin Fair Play Award. Match officials will also receive trophies in memory of Duncan Underhill.
The One Game, One Community ethos is part of Kick It Out’s key messaging. The campaign aims to address all types of discrimination in football including race, disability, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation.
“Exeter City is once again reaching out to all parts of the local community. This is a tournament with a difference and a flagship for equality and diversity,” commented Martin Weiler of the Exeter City One Game, One Community Group.