Football keeps kids off the streets

Engage Communities hosted a free five-a-side football tournament on Saturday 16th November 2013 at Dimensions Leisure Centre. The tournament had more than 200 young people taking part and helping out as volunteers. Winners of each of the 3 age groups were given free tickets to watch Port Vale win 3-1 against Shrewsbury. Port Vale also donated trophies to all the winning team members, which were presented by the local MP Joan Walley. The local Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council also supported the event organised by Engage Communities which aims to keep young people off the streets and provide positive alternative activities. Yaser Mir, founder and director of Engage Communities said: “It is about diverting kids from anti-social behaviour and providing diversionary activities for them. The winning teams got tickets for the Vale game. Some took friends or parents who paid for their own tickets so this was a win-win for everyone. It was great to have some good teams and so many youngsters take part. Myself and an outreach worker went to Burslem Park on the Thursday before the tournament and recruited four teams of youngsters just from the park alone. This is the third tournament we have run and we are looking forward to doing another in the new year.” Congratulations to the following winning teams and runners-up on the day:

Age 12 – 13
Winners: Congleton Rovers Astros Galaxy
Runners-up: Shelton United

Age 14-16
Winners: Shelton Young’Unz
Runners-up: Bayern Never Losen

Age 17-20
Winners: Borussia Teeth
Runners-up: Tunstall Tigers

Just to highlight both Shelton Young’Unz and Borrussia Teeth have consecutively won our last 2 tournaments.

View the photos of this tournament that were taken, edited and uploaded by our young volunteer, Ayman Matloob, age 13 in our gallery section here

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