Multicultural football tournament at Summerfield

A FOOTBALL tournament designed to promote better relations between different cultures takes place this weekend.

The event, organised by Hastings Intercultural Organisation (HIO), is on Sunday October 16.

The six-a-side tournament is now in its fifth year and since 2008 has been held in memory of Mohammed al-Majed, the Qatari student who tragically died in Hastings after being attacked in the street.

Last year an array of teams came together to compete, including a side from Hastings Mosque, the Pestalozzi International Village, the police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

This year the tournament for the first time will be held indoors, at Summerfield leisure centre in Bohemia Road.

If anyone wants to enter an adult team (16+) they should register as soon as possible with Active Street games on 01424 451109, or email HIO can be contacted on 07745 696088.

There will be a maximum of 14 teams for the tournament.

If there is enough interest there will be a mini children’s tournament involving teams of players up to the age of 16.

There is no cost in entering a team but league teams are not permitted in either tournament, to give less experienced teams a chance.

Spectators are welcome to join the fun at the event, which runs from 11am to 5pm.