OGOC competition at University of Exeter
Exeter City Football Club has successfully marked the day of the World Cup Final (Sunday 13th July 2014) by holding a special international tournament.
The Club once again celebrated diversity in the local community when its 10th annual summer 5 a-side tournament was held at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Sports Complex.
The competition encourages participation from local black and minority ethnic teams and attracted players from many different parts of the world.
16 teams battled it out for the One Game One Community trophy with Pegland United (pictured above in black) from Budleigh Salterton the worthy winners. They defeated Not A Kalou (pictured in white) from Newton Abbot in the final.
Losing semi-finalists were Afghan United and Balkan, who included players from Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
The plate match saw Polish side Drink Team beat the Devon Lions, the local gay friendly football team.
The Fran Jenkin Fair Play award went to the Latino Toros whose side had a truly united nations flavour with players from Vietnam, Hungary, Trinidad, Mexico and Wales.
The tournament was organised by the One Game One Community Group in partnership with Exeter City Supporters Trust’s University of Exeter, Exeter City Council, Devon FA, Kick it Out, Exeter City Football in the Community and Tesco.
City forward Ollie Watkins with Lord Mayor Percy Prowse
The tournament was launched by Exeter’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Percy Prowse supported by University of Exeter Deputy Vice-chancellor Mark Goodwin, Exeter City FC Vice-Chairman Julian Tagg and Exeter City first team player Ollie Watkins.
Exeter City’s One Game One Community Group is part of the national Kick it Out campaign which aims to address all types of discrimination in football including race, disability, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation.
Martin Weiler of the Exeter City One Game One Community Group said: “This was another wonderful example of football bringing people together and it was especially fitting to play the tournament just hours before the World Cup final.
“Everyone at Exeter City is very proud to have put on an event with a difference and to continue to fly the flag for equality and diversity.”
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