Scotland celebrates diversity through football

150 footballers from across Scotland to compete at fourth annual Multicultural Football Festival

Footballers from across Scotland will come together in Edinburgh this weekend for a special tournament that celebrates diversity through football.

The fourth annual Multicultural Football Festival aims to help change attitudes towards diverse football participation, in a bid to increase participation amongst ethnic minority groups.

The seven-a-side tournament, which takes place at Oriam, the SFA's performance centre, tomorrow (Saturday 21 October) will see around 150 players from 10 clubs across the length and breadth of Scotland come together to celebrate the country's diverse communities through football.

The competition will bring together a number of ethnic minority clubs or groups that the SFA has helped through an eight-week block of coaching sessions, alongside support from MCFB (multi-cultural family base).

“The Scottish FA is committed to ensuring that football in Scotland is open to all and that barriers, real and perceived, are removed, particularly in relation to under-represented groups," said SFA Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator Paul Fitzpatrick.

“Although it is integrated into everything we do as an association via our Equality Action Plan, thanks to the Scottish Governments CashBack for Communities fund and with the expertise and backing of our strategic partners BEMIS Scotland, we have been able to develop a bespoke project with dedicated professionals.

“The Scottish FA will endeavour to make Scottish football a more diverse and accessible sport for everyone that wants to play the game at any level.”

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