All Nations enjoy football festival

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Football Unites Racism Divide’s tenth All Nations festival proved to be a huge success, with over 100 players from across the city of Sheffield descending on the state-of-the-art 3G pitches at the University of Sheffield’s Sport Sheffield centre.

The innovative tournament is a celebration of diversity and multiculturalism within the beautiful game and reflects the commitment of both the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA and FURD to make the game inclusive for all.

Yemeni Stars beat off competition from ten other sides to retain their All Nations title, recording a 3-1 victory over Algeria Stars in the overall final. The All Nations Plate was won by the FURD team, who beat YOTO United 4-1 in the final. The tournament was played in good spirits, after being recognised as an FA Respect event.

Matt Elkington, Sheffield & Hallamshire FA Get into Football Officer, said: “It’s been a really good weekend of top-quality football and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.

“A number of the teams have played in previous tournaments, but some were new to the festival and some were completely new to the small-sided format in general. We hope that they enjoyed it and will return again next year.

“The most important message that the players, and their friends and families, can take away from the festival is that football should be fun and inclusive for all. Football is very unique in its ability to build bridges between communities and we hope that a lot of lasting friendships have been created this weekend.”

The tournament is the culmination of the end of the FURD Unity six-a-side league. The league, which is run in partnership with The FA through their small sided grants fund, is eagerly contested by over 20 teams.

The milestone festival coincided with FURD’s move to their new facility at the £2.5m U-MIX Centre, which will serve the communities of Lowfield and Sharrow.

For more information on FURD visit www.furd.org

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