PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Completes First Season In Style
Oxford, UK – 5th March 2019 – Oxford’s widest community integration project is celebrating its first year of success. The Diversity Football League’s first season is set to be completed by the end of March and will mark this important milestone by competing against another football league from London – the Somali British Champions League.
The Diversity Football League’s grassroots community integration approach seeks to increase the inclusion and active participation of people from diverse communities and socio-economic backgrounds in local sport and cultural activities. Discussing the key principles underpinning the Diversity Football League, Hassan Sabrie one of the co-founders of the Diversity Football League said:
“Oxford is rated one of the least affordable cities in the UK, on top of this the cost of grassroots football is rising. We established the Diversity Football League to help remove some of the financial barriers preventing many grassroots teams from playing in the standard local leagues.”
And as a community-based initiative The Diversity Football League has been created to help provide opportunities that benefit the whole community. Giving an example of their community integration approach, co-founders Mujahid Hamidi and Hassan Sabrie, described how the Diversity Football League took 85 local people to Wembley Stadium on 15th November 2018 to watch the England v USA friendly match where Wayne Rooney made an appearance. This Oxford delegation included members of the Diversity Football League, young people from East Oxford United and EMBS Community College, alongside young Refugees and Asylum Seekers living in Oxford, all of whom might otherwise be excluded from enjoying such an opportunity:
“Based on our principle of helping to remove barriers to participation in sport we did our best to subsidise the majority cost of this delegation by getting local companies to sponsor us. And the result was amazing – everyone enjoyed the evening out, as the vast majority of the delegates had never had the opportunity to visit a stadium before, let alone watch England play!”
Another example of how the Diversity Football League is helping to support initiatives that benefit the wider community can be seen by how teams from the Diversity Football League participated in a recent ‘Men’s Health Research Project’ published by Healthwatch Oxfordshire. The research report described the difficulties that men in Oxford City face in leading a healthy lifestyle with the report highlighting how time pressures including working different shift patterns and multiple jobs can act as a barrier to enjoying good health and accessing health services. The report also highlighted men’s views on the activities and resources that help to promote their health and wellbeing.
The sponsors of this season’s matches have included The Cupping Therapy (alternative therapy clinic), Pisang (mental health clinic) and Anafiya Gifts (specialised gifts) amongst others. And, the Diversity Football League is actively looking for new sponsors each year to give local businesses the opportunity to support this initiative.
Due to the diverse nature of its players and the principled approach taken to welcome participation from all sectors of society, the Diversity Football League has caught the attention of the FA, who have quickly offered to bring the FA Cup to the Diversity Football League’s Super Cup Final Event which is open for all to attend.
In true sportsmanship’s fashion, players from the Diversity Football League will be choosing the best from amongst them to play against the best of the opposing London League.
The Super Cup Final will be held on Sunday 5th May in Oxford City Stadium in Marston, Oxford. Doors open at 3pm and kick-off will be at 4pm. Tickets can be bought by following the links on the website: www.diversityfootball.org at a cost of £3 online or £4 at the gate. Under 3’s go in free.
Director: Hassan Sabrie
Phone: +44 7412 537961
Director: Mujahid Hamidi
Phone: +44 7475 180061
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: diversityfootball.org