On Saturday the 10th of August, World of Football at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange hosted Edinburgh’s 5th Diversity Cup. After a break of 2 years since the last tournament, Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association gathered 10 teams together representing a variety of different communities from across Scotland. Though most of the competing squads were local to Edinburgh, the event also attracted teams from Glasgow and Dundee.
Teams from the Islamic Faith, Ba’Hai Faith, Christian faith, local charity organisations, and local government took part in the tournament which was won by the Hillington Park Saints of Glasgow. They defeated Barclayona (representing Barclay Viewforth Church of Scotland) in a very close and hard-fought final.
We were very happy to have Hearts legend Gary Mackay present our winners and runners up with the Diversity Cup trophy and medals. Gary has done a huge amount of work with Show Racism the Red Card and so was a natural choice to present medals to the winners who, through taking part in the event, supported the all-inclusive and diverse vision of football that SRTRC shares with EIFA and the Diversity Cup.
The SFA helped support the tournament from it’s very early stages. Equity Officer Jennifer Malone especially was a great help and the event would certainly not have been as big a success as it was with her support. The SFA run their own multi-faith football festivals to try and encourage youths from minority groups to get involved in football, a sport which perhaps does not fully represent at the higher levels the diversity of Scotland and the UK. To find out more about these festivals or any other schemes ran by the SFA such as the coaching courses, please get in touch with us and we can pass you on to the relevant contacts (by email on mattlord.eifa [at] gmail.com or phone 0131 629 9058).
To further extend the impact of the Diversity Cup, we also provided details of a Church football league which has been started and is looking for new teams. Squads from all communities are welcome, and we have already had a couple of teams from the tournament enter players into the league. We wish the league all the best and thank them for continuing the spirit of the Diversity Cup throughout the year. To find out more send us an email.
Thanks again to all competitors, attendees, supporters and staff and we hope to see you all again next year.