Race Equality Week schools football tournament brings communities together in Kingston
To mark Race Equality Week young footballers from the borough’s schools battled it out in a tournament hosted by Kingston Race and Equalities Council, with Chelsea FC Foundation and Kingston Council.
The tournament at Goals Tolworth attracted girls and boys teams from secondary schools around the borough. Mayor of Kingston Councillor Diane White awarded medals to all those who took part, and the winning teams in each category received a trophy. The girls’ tournament was won by The Kingston Academy, and the boys’ was won by Coombe Boys. Kingston College Bedfont won the higher education tournament.
As well as refereeing the matches, Chelsea Foundation coaches delivered on-pitch workshops on race equality and careers in sport. Kingston Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) staff were also on hand to talk to the young people about careers and training in their organisations.
Teams from Kingston Police, the CPS, Mind in Kingston and Kingston Council also took to the pitch in an adults tournament, with the CPS emerging as winners.
Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Governance Councillor Afi Afilaka highlighted the importance of partners and communities coming together to celebrate the diversity of the borough:
“We are proud to unite with organisations across the UK to mark the fifth annual Race Equality Week. This is part of the council's commitment to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive borough.
“Join us in celebrating this important initiative, as we work together to promote unity and understanding in our community."
Players in the Race Equality Week football tournament
Players in the Race Equality Week football tournament at Goals Tolworth