Our latest Football Focused tournament

Full Tournament PhotoThe 7th annual Football Focused tournament, organised by Chester Voluntary Action was held at Goals Soccer Centre on the 22nd April and launched by Chris Matheson, MP for Chester.

The tournament is a unique way of uniting otherwise diverse groups of people, reducing stigma and promoting the importance of community cohesion.  Clare Harrison, tournament organiser and Deputy Chief Officer at Chester Voluntary Action, said she is delighted that the event has grown year on year on and it has now become an important event in the CVA calendar.

“Football is such a great leveller and brings people together by breaking down barriers and fostering teamwork by providing positive competition and encouraging healthier lifestyle choices. But more importantly the tournament demonstrates the significance of partnership work in how it brings communities together and ultimately how it can generate change.”

John Buchanan, education manager from Chester Aid to the Homeless said “This is an eagerly anticipated event for all the lads I work with. The competition is about diverse communities coming together to show how much we have in common and the important role the voluntary sector plays in our wider community”

The 11 teams who participated were the voluntary and statutory sector p; Chester Aid to the Homeless, Homegroup Stonham Housing, Bridge Foyer, Qwest Services, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire Recovery Federation, Cheshire Constabulary, Foundation Enterprise North West, Forum Housing and P3.