PRESS RELEASE: Diversity Football League Launches New Community Cohesion Project In Oxford.
Oxford, UK – 26th September 2018 – The newly established Diversity Football League is set to kick off this Sunday 30th September, marking the widest community integration project Oxford has ever seen.
The teams represent many different nationalities throughout Oxford as well as teams with mixed nationalities, all playing together under the banner of Diversity Football League.
Oxford has longed for a League this diverse, which the founders claim to welcome communities from all socio-economic backgrounds, especially those who may otherwise not have the opportunity to play in a league due to the high initial cost of entry. Local businesses have come together in support of this community project by funding kits, registration fees, publicity costs and even the running costs of the website. Also included is an arrangement for the winner of the League to play internationally against a team in Nigeria.
According to the latest data from the Active Lives Adult Survey from 2017, people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active. A report from the Sport England survey from 1999/2000 stated that ethnic minority groups are under-represented in sports (40% compared to a national average of 46%) which shows the stagnation of the level of participation from certain sectors of society. The study also found that members of the Black and Minority Ethnic communities have had a negative experience in sport due to their ethnicity. This spurred the Diversity Football League to ensure that the League is run in the most professional way, hiring referees from the FA and playing in Oxford City’s Stadium in Marston.
The Directors of the Diversity Football League originate from Somalia and Malaysia and claim that within the League, there are over 22 different nationalities coming together for their love of football – almost as many nationalities represented in the World Cup, and includes nations that have never played in the World Cup before. But they are adamant that the list of nationalities will grow each season and hopefully surpass the 32 nations represented in the World Cup.
This union of local businesses, volunteers and eager football players naturally developed from the Community Cohesion Cup, which was established 3 years ago by Hassan Sabrie, one of the founding partners of the Diversity Football League.
Naturally, friendships grew between the teams and the desire to continue playing throughout the year had to be met. Which is where Sabrie instinctively stepped forward.
The League kicks off this Sunday at 4pm in Oxford City 3G pitch in Marston.
Director: Hassan Sabrie
Phone: +44 7412 537961
Director: Mujahid Hamidi
Phone: +44 7475 180061