Intercultural football teams compete for title

MORE than one hundred amateur footballers donned their boots for the fifth Hastings Intercultural Organisation Football Tournament last Sunday (October 16).

Held in an indoor venue for the first time, twelve teams made up of individuals from various cultures and backgrounds, competed for the winning title.

John Enefer, vice chairman of the HIO, said: “HIO is all about community and this was a great community event.

“We’d like to thank Freedom Leisure, and particularly the excellent Active Street Games team for their work towards making the day such a success.”

The competition was divided into two leagues which played side by side during the day, fighting for their place in the semi finals.

Making it through to the semi finals, Kurdistan United played against the Fire Service, with Kurdistan narrowly claiming victory on their rival with a score of 3-2. Buddha United also beat their opposition, the Bengali Tigers 3-0.

Eventually, Kurdistan United came out on top with a score of 3-1 against Buddha United.

Councillor Jay Kramer, lead member for equalities, attended the event with fellow Councillor Jeremy Birch and the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Kim Forward.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed watching the matches.

She added: “This event really highlights how people from different backgrounds can work together as a team, promoting better understanding of each other’s diverse cultures and backgrounds, through a mutual love of football.”