More than 50 children took part in a football tournament aimed at promoting community cohesion thanks to Kick It Out’s Grassroots Activity Fund.

The Fund, which supports grassroots events and initiatives celebrating equality and diversity in football, helped support the Bradford West Police and Community Tournament at Dixons Allerton Academy on Thursday 24 May.

The event was created with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour and educating young people.

It saw nine to 11 year olds from different communities across Bradford come together to celebrate sport in a friendly environment. St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School won the competition.

Arran Williams, Kick It Out’s Northern Grassroots Officer, said: “By engaging young people with education & training through football, I hope the tournament has empowered those involved to celebrate their culture and diverse backgrounds."

Bradford-based police officer, Luke Oxley, who organised the event, added: “The tournament was a resounding success and would not have been possible without the help and support of Kick It Out and our other partners.”

Mark Duffy, a Community Sports Coach at Bradford Park Avenue FC was also in attendance.

He said: "It was fantastic to see all of the boys and girls engaging and working together. They were a fantastic bunch who engaged with the sessions really well.

“The tournament was well organised, efficient and effective in achieving the goal of bringing different cultures and backgrounds together".

Kick It Out’s Grassroots Activity Fund supported no fewer than 22 events and initiatives during the 2018/19 season. Applications for funding for the 2019/20 season will open soon. More details will be announced in due course.

You can read more about the fund here.