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Dream team: Peace Cup unites all faiths

15 October, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

The Peace Cup’s winning team and organisers

FOOTBALL teams of young men from across the borough competed at the Peace Cup Football Tournament.

The competition brings together teenagers of all backgrounds and faiths in the borough and is run entirely by volunteers.

The Finsbury Park Mosque team beat the Copenhagen Youth Project under-19s team 3-0.

Roz Miller, organiser of the Peace Cup from Islington Faiths Forum, said: “All these young men are amazing – their focus and skill at football are something else. The whole tournament is a huge joint effort.

“We see firsthand how important it is that these young men have this kind of outlet and can access other support services where they need to. Big thanks to everyone.”

Stephen Griffith, director of Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP) said: “The Peace Cup really did embrace the idea of peace as all the teams played competitively to a very high standard showing sportsmanship and respect to all involved. The impact of this tournament is greater than just what we see on the day. For many of these young people it is a kick start into further participation.

“CYP fielded a group of under- 19s some of whom have not played competitively for a couple years. They are now keen to continue as a team playing more friendlies and tournaments. This has an even wider impact as they become role models to other young people who see and feel their motivation.”

The footballers aged 16-19 played at the Market Road pitches on September 19. The Peace Cup Tournament is supported by Islington Council, the Access to Sports Project and Better GLL.

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