Teams celebrate Exeter community tournament
A tournament in Exeter supporting diversity amongst its participants took place last Sunday (2 July) with support from Exeter City Supporters Trust ‘One Game One Community’ group.
The tournament, held at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Sports Complex, was supported by Exeter City’s Football in the Community and saw 20 male and female five-a-side teams compete for the honours whilst promoting inclusion in the Exeter area.
The tournament, now in its thirteenth year, encourages participation from local community teams and especially black and minority ethnic players. Previous finalists have included sides representing Poland, Slovakia, Africa, Afghanistan, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia. Devon’s gay friendly team, the Devon Lions are also regular participants.
Other organisations to support the tournament included Kick It Out, University of Exeter, Devon FA, Tesco, Exeter City Football Club Football in the Community and Exeter City Supporters Trust.
The tournament was launched by Professor Mark Goodwin, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter, who has strategic responsibility for equality and diversity across the University.
Marcel’s Allstars were the eventual victors in the men’s tournament, beating Beanskins United 1-0 in the final. Whilst Alphington LFC won the second edition of the women’s tournament, defeating Number 9 by two goals to nil.
Speaking afterwards, Goodwin said: “At the University of Exeter we work hard to create an inclusive environment where staff and students can be themselves, and where diversity is valued by all.
“We are also proud to support diversity within our local community and this is why I am so happy that we continue to support this event.”
Alan Quick, on behalf of Exeter City’s One Game One Community Group, thanked all those who took part and those who helped run the event
“Exeter City’s One Game One Community Group is part of the national Kick It Out campaign which aims to address all types of discrimination in football including race, disability, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation.
“Exeter City once again flew the flag for diversity at this long running community event and we were delighted to hold a women’s competition again.”