Bettws, Newport welcomes youngsters from across the city for anti-racism football tournament
"It's great to see youngsters from across Newport coming together from all backgrounds and taking a united stance against racism, the response has been fantastic and at a time where racism in football is back in the headlines, this has been a timely reminder that it has to be a concerted effort to eradicate racism from our society"
Campaign Manager Sunil Patel
As part of the Fortnight of Action, SRTRC Wales and Communities First Officer for Bettws, Caren White, arranged for over 100 youngsters from across the city to take part in a 5 a side football tournament.
Coaches picked up the youngsters from all corners of Newport and before the matches got under way, a clear message was sent out that football should be enjoyed without racial abuse.
The tournament was held at the play football centre in Bettws and is part of a wider social cohesion project that will also see SRTRC deliver workshops in schools, hold a teacher training day in November and a celebration evening held on bonfire night in Bettws arranged by Communities First.
Bettws Communities First joined forces with SRtRC for the tournament at Bettws Civil Service Club.
Teams from Bettws, Gaer, Alway, Somerton, Ringland, Duffryn, Malpas, Caerleon and Pill all took part with Bettws winning the tournament cup and Ringland the second place shield.
Caren White, Bettws Communities First co-ordinator, said: “The event was planned with the aim of bringing together a very diverse population of young people and to showthe importance sport can have in bringing all these unique cultures together in unity.”
The event was funded by £8,000 received from the Newport Council community safety partnership cohesion award, which is also being used to fund educational provision in local schools across Newport.
The winners of the tournament will recieve match tickets courtesy of SRTRC Wales.