The One Game, One Community women’s football festival will highlight the interest women from ethnic minority communities have in football, and to call for greater inclusion in the game as players, fans and administrators.
Teams will arrive from as far a field as Luton, Sheffield, London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Coventry.
The festival has been organised by football’s anti- racism campaign, Kick It Out, in association with the Ashram Housing Association and Aston Villa Football Club, as part of a nationwide Week of Action that ends on Tuesday.
Former Aston Villa, Glasgow Rangers and Liverpool winger, Mark Walters, will present the winners of the football tournament with the One Game, One Community Cup.
Alison Vaughan, Campaigns Manager for Kick It Out, said: “There is a massive interest in the game from ethnic minority women that is all too often ignored.
“We want to see BME women taking up playing, refereeing and coaching at levels that reflect the interest in the game. Our hope is that this festival can help ensure the issues women face in the sport are being heard.”
Jas Bains, Chief executive at Ashram said “We are thrilled to be invited to support an event such as this. We are actively involved in promoting equality and empowerment through sport with our tenants so it’s a real privilege to be involved in this event on the national stage.”