An international initiative football initiative called ‘Football for Peace’ brought together people of all ages from across Walsall recently as new and established football teams and fans of the game came together to compete.
On Saturday 14 November, the University of Wolverhampton hosted over 20 teams of differing abilities came together to enjoy an afternoon of cross cultural football.
Aimed at promoting mutual understanding and a commitment to peaceful coexistence the event was organised by Walsall Council, Wolverhampton University, Black Country Near Neighbours and a host of voluntary, faith groups and sports clubs. The event had the added endorsement of Walsall College, Walsall Football Club and the international charity Football for Peace.
Martin McGuire Manager of Colron FC Under 10s said of the event: “The boys were delighted to take part in the Football for Peace tournament at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall Campus.
“They especially enjoyed playing in mixed teams, affording the opportunity to make new friends, building trust and co-operation rather than being opponents!
“Receiving a trophy from the Pastor Mark Webb and Imam Ali Akbar was a proud moment for a young team”.Dr Chris Sellars, Head of Outreach and Development and Deputy Director, Institute of Sport at the University of Wolverhampton stated; “In light of the tragic events that have taken place in Paris, we must all do what we can to bring our communities closer together. Sports are a powerful medium for creating discussion between groups and strengthening social cohesion”.