World cup comes to Cambridge

June 29, 2007 12:00 PM

Cambridge has hosted its own Mini World Cup. Teams from all over Cambridge were joined by some from as far away as Cameroon to compete in a local version of the great football tournament.

The event was organised to raise awareness of and encourage integration between the different cultures living in Cambridge.

Tournament organiser, Ricardo Arbelaez, commented:

"It was another great year for the Mini World Cup project under the umbrella of the Bringing Communities Together initiative. In this our second year of running the pilot in Cambridge we have a big community participation: Vietnamese, Chinese, Iranian, Persian, Cameroon, Spanish, Italian, English, French, Brazilian and many more gathered on the 23d and 24th of June 2007 to celebrate diversity in our community through football and sporting activities. We had over 1500 people taken part this year and we hope to organise and deliver many more Mini World Cups events in the future to come".

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, added:

"We saw some great football on Saturday and despite the rain the players seemed to have a lot of fun.

"The Mini World Cup tournament is using football to bring together young people from diverse communities and so I'm very pleased to support the 2nd Annual Mini World Cup in Cambridge."

David with the Mini World Cup team

David with the Mini World Cup team

Trophies were presented by David Howarth MP, Mayor Jenny Bailey and Deputy Mayor Mike Dixon.

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