Football cup unites nations

By Will Astbury

FOOTBALLERS from all over the world are gathering in Manchester to take part in the very first Brighter Futures Cup.

The tournament, which will take place during the FA’€™s ‘€˜One Game, One Community’€™ week, is being held at Manchester Grammar School on Saturday 24 October 2009.

It has been set up by Inter Mancunia FC, a team which aims to help disadvantaged young people in Manchester. Inter Mancunia welcome players from all communities and do a lot of good work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Jenny Loudon, Inter Mancunia chairperson, said: “We are very excited to be doing this in our first year, and now want to be able to make it a yearly event. We also want to show other teams how they can do it too.”

Ms Loudon also hopes to use the tournament as a springboard to form a new league for community football clubs in Greater Manchester.

Twelve teams from across Manchester will take part, so spectators will be able to see sides representing the Ugandan and Congolese communities taking on locally born players in the seven-a-side competition.

The fun starts at 11am. Teams will have to get through the group and knockout stages if they want to lay their hands on one of the two trophies which will be up for grabs. Players will also have the chance to win other prizes including a fair play award and prizes for top scorer and player of the tournament.

As well hosting a festival of football, Inter Mancunia will be using the day to share their knowledge with visiting teams. There will be information and advice on €˜how to set up a new club€™ and €how to design a club logo€™.

There will also be entertainment from a live band.

Manchester FA will be sending referees and donating prizes and Manchester City Council has provided a grant to cover the cost of refreshments and first aid to players and volunteers.

For further information on Inter Mancunia FC email Jenny Loudon via jenny@intermancunia.co.uk.

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